May 31, 2012
The Independent & Free Press
Thursday May 31, 2012
By Lisa Tallyn, Staff Writer
Ground was broken to start construction on the ER expansion at Georgetown Hospital Tuesday.
I am thrilled to be here today to celebrate the start of construction on this much-needed expansion and renovation project, said John Oliver, Halton Healthcare Services President and CEO. The project will provide new, modern clinical space and allow for the installation of GHs first CT scanner ensuring residents of Halton Hills have access to this essential service, close to home.
The $14.2 million redevelopment project will see the ER more than triple in size from 4,270 sq. ft. to 14,000 sq. ft. and a new Diagnostic Imaging department including a new CT scanner in the former ER space. The newly-built ER department is slated to open next March, and the work on the Diagnostic Imaging department to be completed by mid-summer.
We are very excited to see the huge improvements being made at Georgetown Hospital, said Mayor Rick Bonnette. The expanded emergency, improved diagnostic imagery and the essential CT scanner will greatly improve healthcare for our citizens in Halton Hills.
Oliver thanked everyone involved in making the project a reality, including staff and physicians, hospital donors, the volunteer association, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Town of Halton Hills under the leadership of Mayor Bonnette.
Contractors will start with alterations to the hospitals internal roadways and parking lots required to redirect traffic during construction and regain parking spaces that will be lost due to the expansion. Once the site preparation is complete, work on the new ER will begin.
Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott thanked the Government of Ontario for coming through with funding for the project and congratulated the community for its efforts in making the project a reality.
As Ive often said, the most eloquent speech in the Legislature touting a community project never amounts to a hill of beans unless the project is a good one, which has a lot of strong community support. The Georgetown Hospital project is a very good one with a lot of strong community support, said Arnott.
The groundbreaking also marked the launch of the Georgetown Hospital Foundations capital campaign ‘Investing in Care Close to Home.
The Campaign for Georgetown Hospital is by far the most ambitious fundraising effort ever seen at the hospital, said KC Carruthers, Foundation Executive Director.
Our goal is $6.5 million which makes Investing in Care Close to Home the largest single source of funds for the expansion project. We have had incredibly generous support already, with $4.5 million committed to the project, but $2 million is still quite a ways to go.
The Hospital is here for everyone whenever they need us. In turn, we hope that everyone will lend a hand to help us provide them and their loved ones with the best care possible, said Shelley Phipps, a member of the Campaign Cabinet and GHF Board of Directors.
Whether a donation is the $1 million given by Fred Helson or the $120 that Gavin Conroy donated from his 10th birthday, it all adds up and it all makes a difference. We hope everyone will consider a generous donation to this important project at the heart of the Halton Hills community.
Photo by Ted Brown. Contractor and host of HGTVs Holmes on Homes Mike Holmes (left) and his daughter Sherry were joined by Gavin Conroy, as they took a turn at breaking ground for the new Georgetown Hospital expansion Tuesday. Conroy was invited by Holmes to take part after he donated all his birthday money to the Foundation.