The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has given its consent to the functional program and latest plans that were submitted for Phase IV renovations at La Verendrye hospital.
This means Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. now can draw up the contract for Ministry of Health approval. Once approved, it will proceed to a public tendering process.
“This is great news,” enthused Riverside CEO Wayne Woods. “If everything stays on track, we could be digging really soon.”
Riverside Foundation for Health Care also was excited to hear this news.
“The district has supported these renovations through the ‘Care Close to Home’ campaign and we are so pleased to hear that the project will soon begin,” noted Foundation director Teresa Hazel.
“It will also give us another reason to celebrate at our annual dinner on March 2,” she added.
Phase IV renovations include an expansion and enhancement to the Emergency Department, Waiting Room, Diagnostic Imaging department, and Surgical Services.
It also will provide the permanent location for dialysis, as well as a new and improved chemotherapy room.
Riverside’s board of directors remain committed to keeping health care services as close to home as possible for all district residents.
“It’s been a great couple of years,” noted board chair Craig Sanders.
“We have a brand new facility in Rainy River, a beautifully-redeveloped health centre in Emo, and we are one step closer to having a first-class facility in Fort Frances,” he added.
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care will contribute roughly 75 percent of the total cost of this project.