Coughlan Health Centre officially opens in Pickering Friday morning

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Published February 21, 2024 at 10:04 pm

Jerry Coughlan Health Centre

Pickering’s newest medical centre will have its official grand opening Friday morning.

The Jerry Coughlan Health & Wellness Centre will get its ribbon-cutting moment at 10 a.m., with local dignitaries, politicians – including Ontario Finance Minister (and Pickering-Uxbridge MPP) Peter Bethlenfalvy – donors and Lakeridge Health officials on hand.

The state-of-the-art surgical centre and health-care facility will provide a wide range of day surgeries, including endoscopy, minor orthopaedics and gynaecological procedures. And with more than 9,000 surgical cases projected to be completed annually at the centre, hospital operating rooms will have increased capacity for more complex procedures.

“With this new community-based surgical centre, increased access and timeliness to surgical procedures will provide a better quality of life for the people of Durham Region,” said Lakeridge Health Chief of Staff Dr. Randy Wax.

Jerry Coughlan

The facility is expected to house other health-care services as well, including doctors’ offices, urgent care, diagnostic imaging, lab services and a pharmacy.

The modern multi-storey building is located at 1690 Dersan Street on a 2.3-acre property owned by Lakeridge Health. With north Pickering’s population expected to grow by about 60,000 people over the next decade the new facility will support more convenient access to healthcare for people living in the community.

The health care centre was named after late local philanthropist, and community-builder Jerry Coughlan in recognition of his $9 million donation to the facility through the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation and Lakeridge Health Foundation. These gifts provided the basis of the capital development of the centre.

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