It’s been a long time coming, but today at 1:30 p.m. the Honourable Minister Eric Hoskins, minister of health and long term care, announced that the province is investing $8.7 million into Carleton Place Memorial District Hospital. The funds will go towards building a new 9000 sq foot emergency department.
“This will improve emergency care services, and bring down wait time and the people of Carleton Place and surround, will know they have an emergency department when they need it, and for the people who work here, their stress will be gone and they can focus on doing what they do best,” said Hoskins.
Today’s announcement is the culmination of nearly a decade of planning and hard work and is very welcome news.
“A new, larger emergency department will resolve a lot of our needs,” said Mary Wilson Trider, CEO of the Carleton Place Memorial District Hospital.
As Hoskins named the figure of nearly $9 million he had to pause for a spontaneous cheer that went up from the crowd of staff and residents who had crammed into the hospital board-room for the occasion.
“We know this is going to be a significant improvement for patients but also for the people that work here,” said Randy Hillier, MPP Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
In all, the project will cost 10 million dollars, with the province paying for $8.75 million and the hospital will come up with the rest.
We will have more details and reaction in the coming days.