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Pictured above, Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth, and SMH CEO Jody Levac.

Province delivers on its planning fund commitment to SMH, Collingwood

Posted February 12, 2018

Barrie Liberal MPP Ann Hoggarth, announced this morning in Alliston Stevenson Memorial Hospital and Collingwood General and Marine Hospital will each receive up to $500,000 to fund the continued planning process/studies for their respective new hospital building projects.

Simcoe-Grey PC MPP Jim Wilson, whose private members bill in June 2017 asking for the grants, received all-party support, was also on hand for the announcement.

SMH is at the end of Stage 1, of the five stage process, and seeks approval to move on to Stage 2 (functional program), which requires funding to finance the required reports. SMH is proposing to build a new, two-storey, 161,577 sq. ft (gross - more than double its current 71,925 sq ft) at an estimated cost of $136,261,200. The local portion is $23,309,700. Simcoe County has committed $10 million over 15 years. Honda Canada Foundation has committed $4 million, and the Nottawasaga Foundation, $1 million.

"Today's announcement is a big step forward for our hospital and our community," said Jody Levac, President and CEO, Stevenson Memorial Hospital. "I want to thank the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for recognizing our hospital's need for redevelopment and providing essential funding to help us bring a renewed vision and revitalized hospital to our community. Today’s announcement clearly shows the government’s commitment to meeting the future needs of our growing community."

Mr. Wilson said he was "appreciative" of the grant, suggesting more funds were still required to work through the process.

"This is a good start and a positive step. The hospitals in Collingwood and Alliston each have spent more than $1.2 million of their own money on redevelopment planning," he said. "I appreciate the $500,000 for each hospital announced today, but would like to remind the government there is a long way to go through the five stages of planning, which will cost up to $12 million."

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