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Grand opening of hospital expansion coming up

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More than two years after the ground-breaking ceremony to kick off the Phase IV expansion project at La Verendrye Hospital here, the public is encouraged to come out this Thursday (June 22) to the grand opening of the renovated facility.

The ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch, refreshments, and tours of the new development.

“We’re really excited to showcase the new building. It’s been a long project—two years—and this is a great opportunity to meet the staff and see the departments,” said Teresa Hazel, communications officer for Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. and director of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care.

“Hopefully, they’ll never have to use them. And a lot of time if you have to use them, you don’t quite see them in the same way,” she noted.

“We’re really just encouraging people to come out and celebrate because the community is just as involved as Riverside and the Ministry of Health are in this.

“It’s really their facility and they made it happen,” Hazel stressed. “We want them to come out and see it and celebrate.”

After the official opening, the public also is invited to come and go between noon and 4 p.m. Tours will be taking place every 15 minutes during this time.

“We’d like to get as many people through as we can. There’s lots to see,” said Hazel. “There will also be an information table just about the different services the hospital offers.

“It’s a chance to educate the public about our programs.”

Local MPP Howard Hampton and representatives from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will be in attendance, as well as representatives from contractor Penn-Co and the LM Architectural Group.

Local dignitaries on hand will include Riverside CEO Wayne Woods, Riverside chair Robin Wright, Foundation chair Larry Cousineau, “Care Close to Home” campaign chair John McTaggart, and others.

Besides lunch, refreshments, and the tours, those who come out to the grand opening also can enter a draw to win a door prize—a barbecue donated by Cousineau Brokers.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc., and residents from across Rainy River District funded the $12.2-million Phase IV renovation project.

(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)

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