Staff, doctors and volunteers from Bluewater Health joined community members today at a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the official start of construction for the expansion and redevelopment of the new hospital.

With the addition of 325,000 square feet of new space, Bluewater Health will become a larger, more modern facility housing an expanded emergency department, a consolidated maternal infant child program and space for additional acute care beds.

“Today's celebration is a result of a vision long shared by our community to build a new, modern hospital,” said John DeGroot, Acting Chair, Bluewater Health Board.  “Today, together with our community, we begin that exciting step as we build an environment that will be rich in life, light, comfort and celebration.”

“Bluewater Health has committed and talented staff and physicians delivering quality patient care every day,” said Sue Denomy, Acting President / CEO, Bluewater Health.  “With the building or our new modern hospital, we are creating a setting that will enhance and transform our patients' health care experience.”  

The building team led by EllisDon has begun to mobilize for construction of the new facility which is expected to be completed in late 2011.  Detailed construction work will get underway on Monday, October 15.

Bluewater Health's redevelopment project will provide:

  • An emergency department significantly larger than the current emergency facilities.
  • A Surgical Centre with eight new operating rooms and four new procedure rooms to replace existing surgical facilities.
  • A consolidated maternal infant child program, which will, for the first time, offer labour, birthing and paediatric services on one floor.
  •  An 18 per cent increase in the number of hospital beds, resulting in a total bed capacity of up to 337 beds at the Norman Site.
  • A bridge joining the new building with the Norman Street building.

Infrastructure Ontario will work with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Bluewater Health to expand and redevelop the hospital, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.  Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to managing some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time and on budget. 

This project is guided by principles outlined in the province's Building a Better Tomorrow framework, which ensures public ownership of core assets such as hospitals, schools, and water and wastewater facilities.  


Jessica Hooker     
Infrastructure Ontario    

Toni Adey 
Bluewater Health 

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