Agood sign of hos­pi­tal im­prove­ments ahead

The Gananoque Reporter - - NEWS -

This in­cludes an in­crease in men­tal health, com­plex con­tin­u­ing care, pal­lia­tive care, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and restora­tive care beds.

The hos­pi­tal put out ten­ders for the pro­ject ear­lier this year and it is ex­pected con­struc­tion will be­gin this win­ter after the ten­ders are eval­u­ated by In­fra­struc­ture On­tario, the Min­istry of Health of Long Term Care and BGH of­fi­cials.

A bid has yet to be cho­sen, but BGH spokes­woman Abby McIn­tyre said a de­ci­sion will likely be made in the next few weeks.

“This hos­pi­tal is crit­i­cal; it’s crit­i­cal we have the ser­vices, the emer­gency room, the ma­chines to do it right,” Hen­der­son said, adding that both he and his chil­dren were born at the hos­pi­tal.

“I look at this mostly f rom the eco­nomic side. This is the big­gest em­ployer in not only the city, but the re­gion. The jobs are good jobs and it at­tracts peo­ple here.”

Lo­cally, Cooper said com­mu­nity part­ner­ships are core to the Hos­pi­tal’s ex­pan­sion. To sup­port the build, the City of Brockville has be­gun up­grad­ing in­fra­struc­ture along Bartholomew Street and has also com­mit­ted over $4.7 mil­lion dol­lars for the pro­ject, with the Brockville and Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion com­mit­ting $10 mil­lion.

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