The announcement of an $8.7 million investment in the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital has received a lot of attention since Eric Hoskins, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long Term Care launched the buzz Friday afternoon.
“This significant investment in our hospital infrastructure represents the largest investment ever in Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital,” said Louis Antonakos, mayor of Carleton Place.
It has taken almost 10 years of planning and patient work behind the scenes to bring the hospital’s needs to the attention of decision makers at Queen’s Park, according to Marcel Pinon the former chair of the Hospital board.
There were several proposals for the rehabilitation of the hospital submitted to the province, but it was only this year that real momentum began to gather.
“Well it was at the ROMA conference that Mayor Antonakos and I met with the minister and had a good heart to heart discussion back in February and continued with many conference calls and many walks across the isle to have a chat with him and we overcame whatever obstacles and whatever challenges were presented or found, ” said Randy Hillier MPP, Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington.
The new investment will be used to build a brand new 9,000 sq foot emergency department, which according to Hospital CEO Mary Wilson Trider will have a hugely positive impact on both hospital staff and patients. “For patients it’s going to mean there going to be more space and more privacy…. and for our staff one of the things we know about small spaces and crowded spaces is that they are more likely to lead to injuries as staff have to move awkwardly with equipment or to help our patients so it will be a safer working environment, “ said Wilson Trider.
The province says the new addition will also help reduce wait times for residents of Carleton Place and the surrounding communities that use the hospital.
It is yet to be determined when construction will begin.