In Picton, April 26, I announced the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital redevelopment project is moving to Stage 4 of a five-stage capital approvals process. This stage will allow Quinte Health Care to finalize detailed drawings, pre-qualify bidding contractors, tender the project, and pick a preferred contractor. Typically, the stage lasts 18-24 months. The fifth and final step is breaking ground and starting construction.
Pictured above, from left, are Stacey Daub (QHC President and CEO), Steve Ferguson (Mayor, Prince Edward County), Barbara McConnell (Chair, Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Dr. Sarah Leblanc (PECMH Medical Lead, Prince Edward Family Health Team, Leo Finnegan, Todd Smith (MPP Bay of Quinte), Lisa O'Toole (QHC Board Vice-Chair), Nancy Parks (Back The Build campaign co-chair), and Pat Evans (Vice-Chair, PECMHF).
I'm excited to announce that the Ontario government has committed 160 bed allocations to build the first new long-term care home in Belleville in nearly two decades. Neighbourhood Better Living, a partnership between SigNature Communities, Castway Construction, and UniversalCare Canada is planning the build near the corner of Sidney St. and Bell Boulevard with an entrance off Tracey Street. The home will allow seniors and vulnerable people to access the care they need closer to home and ease pressures on our local hospitals. To learn more, see my News Releases page.
I was pleased to join Vice-president and General Manager Al Flieler and his team at GlobalMed Inc. in Quinte West to announce a provincial investment of $1,030,000 to support a $2.2-million project to upgrade equipment and expand production capacity in Quinte West. The project will allow for the hiring of 15 people and the advancement of existing employees. It will also support four new product lines, improved efficiency, quality control and process waste reduction and position the company well for further growth. For more information, please see my News Releases page.