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#2 Mar 31, 2013
Design process just beginning for new Groves hospital
FERGUS — If and when the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital is built, it is not certain the new facility will have more beds than the current one.
In a phone interview on Tuesday, Jerome Quennville, the president and CEO of Groves Hospital, said the new centre is currently in its design phase and details such as the number of hospital beds, where the parking lots will be set and which end of the building will hold the emergency department haven’t been nailed down yet.
A 13-hectare (34-acre) parcel of land on Beatty Line North between Fergus and Elora has been purchased by Wellington County for $1 million in preparation for the new hospital. The Groves Hospital Foundation has already raised $15 million in cash and pledges for the project, which has yet to establish a budget.
Quennville said the current hospital has 42 beds in use. He declined to comment on whether or not the proposed hospital would hold more beds, but said a growth plan for the new facility allows additional beds or services to be added in the future.
“On the existing site we have right now, we’re pretty limited as to what we can do,” he said.“With a new site, you want to have that flexibility for down the road.”
In December last year, Ontario Minister of Health Deb Matthews visited the site and helped unveil a large sign for the new hospital.
In her briefing notes for the event, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, the minister was informed that obstetrics may not be included in the list of services offered at the new hospital.
Quennville was quick to correct these notes and confirmed that the new building will offer obstetrics.
“We have over 300 births coming through our place right now and certainly we anticipate that that will continue to grow as our community grows in the area,” he said.
When Matthews came for the unveiling of the sign, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network had not concluded their review on the service definition provided by the hospital. Quennville said the network concluded their review shortly after the visit.
He said Groves is working with other hospitals in the area to help map out where services are located what might be most appropriate for the new building to offer.
Quennville said he’s looking forward to having discussions with the Ministry of Health over the next few weeks regarding the design of the building.
#3 Mar 31, 2013
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