The New Collingwood General and Marine Hospital:
- Expands health care services for our fast-growing community while bringing care closer to home. CGMH is projected to double in size over the next decade based on the fast-growing population of the South Georgian Bay region. Our Stage 1.3 plan includes the expansion of medical, surgical and intensive care beds, while bringing care closer to home through the inclusion of new inpatient rehabilitation and inpatient mental health beds. In addition, the Hospital is anticipating growth in our surgical, diagnostic and ambulatory care programs that will act as an enabler to expanding regional and local partnerships to provide the right care, in the right place, and at the right time.
- Improves patient safety and privacy. All inpatient rooms in the new hospital will be private and designed to accommodate individual patient needs with larger rooms offering more privacy for patients and better accommodations for families and caregivers. The latest in infection prevention and control technology will be incorporated into each room, helping to prevent the spread of infection.
- Helps South Georgian Bay retain and recruit top healthcare professionals. Modern infrastructure will not only replace our existing outdated and undersized facilities, it will also give our CGMH Team Members the right tools and infrastructure they need to enhance patient care in a welcoming and wellness-focused environment.
- Builds on our strengths in rural, inter-professional education and training. A state-of-the-art learning centre will enable a strengthened focus on rural inter-professional education, training and research, enabling us to teach the next generation of health care professionals in a rural setting, for a rural setting.
- Makes smart investments in health care infrastructure to meet our communities’ current and future needs. By building the new hospital at the proposed Greenfield site on Poplar Sideroad, construction can occur in half the amount of time, cost taxpayers 29% less, and reduce the local community’s share of cost by 35% when compared to building on the existing 12.6 acre site. Building the new hospital on the 30 acre site Greenfield site provides enough space for future expansion and the opportunity to repurpose the existing Hume Street site to the benefit of the local community.