Pickering getting 200 Long Term Care beds for Seaton
A much-needed 200-bed Long Term Care Home in Pickering's Seaton neighbourhood is awaiting only a finished business case before getting the green light for construction.
“We’re still going through the process, but the Province has given us the go-ahead,” said Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan.
In March Queen’s Park committed to 15,000 new Long Term Care beds within five years; half of their 30,000 bed, ten-year strategy “to end hallway medicine.”
The 10.67-acre site for the Durham Region health care facility, located at Whitevale Road, west of Brock Road, was previously earmarked for Durham Regional Police Services’ purposes; a suitable site will need to be secured in the future if the surplus land on the site is deemed too small for their needs.
The business case should be in ministry hands by the end of the summer and will provide recommendations on various aspects of the project including:
Type of build (traditional, design-build, modular); capital costs and operating impacts; project timelines; and projected budget, estimated annual operating impact and recommended financing strategy, among other pertinent information.
The 200-bed facility will include a 20-bed Transitional Support Unit, two 26-bed secure units, a 20-bed resident home providing specialized care and two short-stay respite beds.
Durham Region has budgeted $280,000 for the business case work.
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