Local hospital expansion and revitalization to cost $35 million

SMITHS FALLS, ON – Officials at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital have learned it will cost approximately $35 million to re-develop the Smiths Falls site. The figure was provided by construction cost consultants Marshall & Murray Inc

“It did not come as a surprise,” said Todd Stepanuik, President and CEO. “With on-going escalations in construction costs, including labour and materials, as well as new government regulations for hospitals and scope and sizing modifications to the projects, we anticipated the project cost would go up. The good news for everyone to remember is that when completed our community hospital will be a state-of-the-art facility built to 2007 standards.”

The recent change in the funding formula by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for hospital projects in Ontario will see the local hospital responsible for 10 per cent of eligible construction costs.  The costs associated with the purchase of new and replacement equipment in comparison to previous Ministry policy will be borne solely by the hospital as will other non-sharable expenses.

“Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital’s share of the project cost will be approximately $8 million compared to $11.5 million under the former Ministry policy,” said Stepanuik. “This includes our 10 per cent overall share plus the expenses associated with the purchase of essential medical equipment and items not covered in the construction costs.”

“Support from our community has been extraordinary,” said Paul Howard, Campaign Chair. “The money is there if donors honour their long-term pledges, and all those who have been waiting for the shovel in the ground, come on board. To make this campaign a success we need everyone’s continued support. ”

“All of this is marvelous news for the community,” said Sterling Bennett, Hospital Board Chair. “We will have a state-of-the-art hospital with up-to-date equipment and services.”

For more information, please contact:

Todd Stepanuik
President and CEO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
Tel:  613-283-2330 ext. 1130
tstepanuik@psfdh.on.ca

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