Lakeridge Health launching community survey to help choose new Durham hospital site

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Published July 19, 2021 at 5:09 pm

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Lakeridge Health wants your help in choosing the site for a new hospital in Durham Region.

There are three municipalities competing to be the host city for the proposed hospital, with the decision expected by the end of the year.

Lakeridge Health’s Board of Trustees, having decided public consultation is an “important part” of the site selection process, has launched a public survey to allow the community to have their say on the site.

Whitby, with a 160-acre site picked out near Highways 412 and 407, is up against Oshawa, who believe they have the winning bid on Simcoe Street, north of Durham College/Ontario Technology University.

Pickering is also in the running, though they have not finalized on a site yet. Like their eastern neighbours, their site will likely be in the north, with a Lakeridge Road/Highway 407 spot rumoured.

Based on evidence and growth projections, Lakeridge Health is planning for inpatient bed growth of almost 1,000 beds to meet projected demand over the next 25 years. Anchoring this plan are recommended key capital investments and upgrades, including the expansion and redevelopment of Bowmanville Hospital and the new acute care hospital.

The development of the new hospital is a major component of Lakeridge Health’s Master Plan, which serves as a roadmap for the future of health care delivery in Durham Region.

Lakeridge Health wants community input on the site selection criteria and to help choose the site by August 6.

To learn more and complete the survey, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KL8NF9F

The public is also invited to participate in a Community Town Hall on Facebook Live on July 28 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Lakeridge Health’s Facebook page.

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