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Our Mission: To raise, manage and disburse funds to support and enrich quality health care for residents of and visitors to our community.

Our Objectives: To co-ordinate fundraising - receive, maintain, raise and disperse funds - for the enhancement of health care services in the Centre Grey area including GBHS - Centre Grey Hospital.



Markdale hospital could be built in 4 years: CEO

November 4, 2014
By Rob Gowan, Sun Times, Owen Sounds

The CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services believes construction of a new hospital in Markdale can begin within two years.

Lance Thurston has been pleased with how the process has proceeded since the announcement in mid-September the province had given the multi-million-dollar build the green light and he is confident in his two-year timeline for construction to begin and four-year estimate for project completion.

"We are hoping to have shovel in the ground within two years. That is an optimistic estimate of time and to get that everything has to work like clockwork," Thurston said Tuesday.

"Everything has to fall into place nicely to meet that timeline, but it is doable and that is what we are gunning for."

In September, Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins was in Markdale to announce the province's backing of the project, which is expected to cost between $50 million and $60 million.

The announcement was a long time coming as it had been 12 years since a fundraising campaign was launched to help GBHS build the new hospital in the town. A total of $12 million was raised in a couple of years.

In 2005 Grey County donated land for the facility at the south end of Markdale and a year later, the provincial Liberal government provided GBHS with a $3 million planning and design grant to begin the process to replace the aging Centre Grey Hospital.

Three years later the province said the project was a priority, but not much happened.

In the years since, some frustration has been expressed locally about the lack of movement, but local officials were not deterred and continued to lobby the province.

Since September's announcement, Thurston said province officials have met with him and others involved in the project.

"The ministry staff contacted us within days of that announcement and said they would like to get together for a more in-depth discussion. That was arranged within two weeks," said Thurston.

"Since then we have had another subsequent discussion with the ministry staff just checking in and making sure everything is moving along as it should be."

Thurston said GBHS considers the project priority No. 1.

"We want to do everything we can to ensure success," said Thurston. "We know the ministry is doing the same at its end, so hopefully that means ultimate success."

The project the ministry has approved will be 40,000 square feet, at least 4,000 sq. ft. larger than the current facility. It is expected to include a 24/7 emergency department, four patient beds, procedures room, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, outpatient rehabilitation and ambulatory care service.

Thurston said a hospital that size is estimated to take about two years to build.

"We are looking at four years for people to occupy a new facility," said Thurston. "If it can be sooner we will, but it is not likely to be sooner."


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The Markdale project is in Stage 2 of a five-stage planning process for constructionl.

Stage 2 is the functional program stage, where details about operating requirements will be worked out.

Thurston said GBHS has re-engaged its engineers and architects to develop the details in terms of square footage and building standards.

He expects a submission to be made to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in early to mid January at which there is expected to be some negotiations on what the facility will include.

Thurston said a lot of the phase 2 work had already been completed, but there have been some changes since the original submission to the province.

"We have to go back now and redo the numbers and it has been a long period of time," said Thurston. "We have to bring everything up to date and there has been new standards for construction and various codes we have to meet."

The next stage will be the development of the detailed engineering diagrams and plans.

Stage 4 is when requests for proposals are gathered from prospective developers, while in the fifth stage, a developer is selected and construction begins.

Thurston said GBHS intends to be open with stakeholders along the way, providing new information as it becomes available on a link on the GBHS website.

He has met with physicians, unions, staff and some of those who have been involved in the fundraising initiatives for the project over the years.

He plans to meet with the outgoing and incoming Grey Highlands councils in mid-November and a public meeting is being scheduled for Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Annesley United Church in Markdale.

"What we really want in this process is openness and communications and just being very transparent in the whole process," said Thurston.



Sept.17, 2014
Owen Sound Sun Times

At long last, Markdale is getting a new hospital.

Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins, while acknowledging the community has been waiting “a long, long time” for this, announced Tuesday afternoon that the province has given the multi-million-dollar build the green light.

He made the long-awaited announcement in front of about 100 people at the planned site for the new Centre Grey Hospital, which is next to the Grey County-owned Grey Gables long-term care facility.

“There isn’t much to see here yet. There’s a nice sign. But soon, there will be a lot of activity at this site because I’m delighted to tell you that our government is moving forward with plans to construct a brand new Markdale hospital,” Hoskins said to loud applause.

“As you know, the Markdale hospital is an important health care centre and employer in this area and our government wants to make sure it will continue to serve the needs of the people who live here and in neighbouring communities for many many years to come.”

Hoskins, who worked as a physician in small rural Ontario hospitals before being elected to Queen’s Park, said the new facility, which will replace the deteriorating 63-year-old hospital in Markdale, will offer integrated care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will include short-stay beds, space for doctors to do minor procedures as well as diagnostic and laboratory services.

“It will be a better and stronger hospital,” he said.

“And it will remain a hospital. It will have that blue H on it.”

Detailed plans for the programs and services that will be offered at the facility are now being developed in “close consultation” with Grey Bruce Health Services and South West Local Health Integration Network officials, he said.

The province has approved spending up to $3 million, as a start, to support the capital planning for the project, he said.

He said he will not know how much the new hospital will cost until the design for the facility is finalized by an architect and the tender for the work is awarded to a contractor.

“It depends what the bid comes in at. There are a couple of steps which will determine precisely what the cost is but it is a very significant investment and as a government we are committed to seeing it through,” he told reporters after the announcement.

Grey Bruce Health Services CEO Lance Thurston said the most recent proposal for the new Centre Grey Hospital, presented to the province in 2013, called for a $50 million facility.

Hoskins said it is unclear at this time when construction will begin, but he said he looks “forward to that first shovel in the ground and to share many more milestones” with the community as the project moves forward.

“I’m as anxious as everybody else is to get that shovel in the ground as quickly as possible,” he told reporters.

Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins announced Tuesday that the province will be moving ahead with a plan to build a new hospital in Markdale. (DENIS LANGLOIS/QMI AGENCY)
Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins announced Tuesday that the province will be moving ahead with a plan to build a new hospital in Markdale. (DENIS LANGLOIS/QMI AGENCY)

It has been 12 years since a fundraising campaign was launched to help GBHS build a new hospital in Markdale. The community raised $12 million within a couple years.

In 2005, Grey County donated a piece of land for the new facility at the south end of Markdale.

A year later, the Liberal government provided the hospital corporation with a $3 million planning and design grant to begin the process to replace the Centre Grey Hospital. Three years later, the province said the project was a priority, but not much happened over the next several years.

Meanwhile, GBHS officials and local politicians have continued to put the pressure on the province to give the project the green light.

Grey County and hospital corporation officials, along with Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Progressive Conservative MPP Bill Walker, met with Hoskins, who took over the health portfolio from Deb Matthews in June, at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference last month to again push for a commitment.

Following the meeting, Grey County Warden Brian Milne told The Sun Times that Hoskins promised the delegates that he would have an answer for them before the last leaves fall off the trees this autumn.

On Tuesday, with the crowns of many nearby trees still full of green leaves, Hoskins gave the community its wish.

“You stayed true to that promise,” Thurston said during his remarks to the crowd.

Walker, who also spoke at the announcement, thanked Hoskins for his work to get the project approved. He said Tuesday was a “great day for the people of Markdale.”

Walker said he and other local politicians have “pushed hard” for the project over the years.

Hoskins acknowledged that the delegation at AMO and the money raised by the community both helped to get the project the green light.

He said people in the community, including local politicians, GBHS staff and those behind the fundraising efforts, should be commended for getting the project to this point.

“It’s a beautiful example of how a community project should evolve and I’m glad that now — some would say finally — we’re at the stage where we’re able to make that formal commitment and move as quickly as we can to begin that build,” he told reporters.

Thurston said GBHS, which operates six hospital sites in Grey-Bruce, believes the new Markdale hospital “can be a model for rural health care” in Ontario.

Many other officials were on hand for Hoskins’ announcement, including South West LHIN CEO Michael Barrett and chairman Jeff Low, GBHS chair Joan Homer, Grey-Bruce medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn, Grey County Warden Brian Milne, Grey Highlands Mayor Wayne Fitzgerald, Chatsworth Mayor Bob Pringle, West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles and Blue Mountains Mayor Ellen Anderson.

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GBHS Appoints Lance Thurston as President & CEO
June 3, 2014

- Grey Bruce Health Services

The Board of Directors of Grey Bruce Health Services is pleased to announce the appointment of its ew President and CEO, Lance Thurston. Thurston will assume the role on August 5, 2014, taking over from retiring CEO Maureen Solecki.

Thurston has 25 years of public sector administrative experience in senior leadership positions. As the current Chief Administrative Officer of Grey County, a position he has held since March of 2010, Thurston led the development of the County's first Corporate Strategic Plan. In this role, Thurston oversees a complex corporation with an annual budget of $118 million and 850 staff, which includes three county long-term care homes, Paramedic Services, Social Services, 1000 units of social housing and corporate properties, Transportation Services, County Planning, Emergency Management, Economic Development and Tourism and cultural heritage through Grey Roots Museum and Archives.

Prior to joining Grey County, Thurston spent almost two decades with the City of Kingston, first as Director of Planning, and then as Commissioner, Community Services.

Thurston holds a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on social and health care planning from Queen's University. He has served on a number of boards, including the past four years with the GBHS Board of Directors.

"We are extremely pleased to have Lance take on the role of President and CEO," said Joan Homer, Chair of the GBHS Board of Directors. "Through his work right here in the County of Grey, and in Kingston, Lance is known for his collaborative leadership approach, and his ability to build strong relationships with the rural and urban communities he serves. These qualities, together with his extensive strategic and operational experience running successful multi-site organizations with multiple funding sources, will be a significant asset to GBHS."

"I am honoured to take on the role of CEO. This is an organization and a community I know well, care deeply about and wish to serve," said Thurston. "Under current CEO Maureen Solecki's leadership, the staff has consistently delivered quality health care services that meet the needs of patients. I look forward to building on this foundation, and expanding GBHS's reputation as a health care centre of excellence throughout this region."

Glowing Report for GBHS Hospitals
May 22, 2014

by Bayshore News Staff

Six hospitals among the best in Ontario for overall patient satisfaction. Six hospitals within Grey Bruce Health Services have received high marks in a survey of local patients.

In fact, 5,000 questionnaires were sent out by the National Research Corporation of Canada and the hospitals received some of the best patient satisfaction results in the 2012-13 survey.

President and CEO Maureen Solecki tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the Lion's Head and Wiarton Hospitals were rated within the top three performing hospitals in Ontario under the "would recommend" acute care category.

For overall satisfaction in acute care, Meaford and Wiarton were in the 90th percentile range.

In the "would recommend" category in Emergency Care, Wiarton and Markdale hospitals were in the 90th percentile range in community hospitals in Ontario.

For the "overall satisfaction" category in Emergency Care, Markdale and Meaford were in the 90th percentile and above range. Solecki says for overall satisfaction in the Day Surgery category, the Owen Sound hospital was in the top three performers in Ontario. The survey also showed a 93 per cent overall satisfaction rate for inpatient care at Saugeen Memorial Hospital in Southampton.

NRC manages patient satisfaction surveys for hospitals across the province, and distributes annual results to hospitals to encourage facilities to share and learn from the best practices of other sites.

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Macphail Hosts PJ's & Pennies Fundraising Event
March 6, 2014

Pictured above are Ron Goldsmith, Chair of Centre Grey Health Services Foundation and Laurie Gilkinson, Principal at Macphail school with some of the students who participated in PJ's and Pennies event at Macphail on March 6th, 2014.

On March 6th the staff and students at Macphail Memorial Elementary School hosted a PJ's and Pennies Fundraising event in support of the Great, Humongous Hospital Penny and Change Drive for Centre Grey Health Services Foundation.

As always, the Macphail Tiger Spirit was amazing and a total of 33 litres of pennies and change were collected for this very worthwhile community partnership. What a cozy, kind and caring way to kick off March Break! A very impressive grand total of $1,213 was raised, which will go towards the cost of hospital equipment at Centre Grey Hospital in Markdale - way to go Tigers!

November 2013 - Give, Save, Spend

Centre Grey Health Services Foundation thanks the wonderful students and staff of Holland-Chatsworth School for their donation of $500. The money was raised through a very interesting program entitled "Give, Save, Spend". Grade 6 student Cailyn Perry tells us more about the program in the article below.

Holland Chatsworth Central School has been working on teaching the students of the school about "give, save, and spend". Give, save, spend teaches kids about how to give some money to other people and charities, save some money for the future and spend some money on immediate 'wants'.

In order to teach the students of HCCS about giving, saving and spending, the school decided to engage in a school Night Out, where students from grades 4-8 have the chance to sleep over at the school for one night. The students would have an opportunity to Tie Dye shirts, play games in the gym, a variety of art activities, watch a movie and eventually settle down to sleep on the gym floor. This simulates the experience of how some people are without the basic necessity of a bed and shelter. The way the night out would work is that in order for the students to participate in this event they would have to raise a minimum of thirty dollars, when the money was raised the school would donate 1/3 of the donations to the Markdale Hospital, 1/3 would be saved for trips and other school equipment, and 1/3 would be spent on sports and music equipment.

The night out took place on the 21st of November. The night started out when all of the other kids left for home and the students participating in the night out met in the library to play games and do homework later we met back in the library followed by supper, which consisted of lasagna and bread served by a couple dedicated parent council members. After we had a short presentation and presented a cheque to the Markdale hospital for five hundred dollars.

Because of the 38 people that stayed over at the night out our school was able to raise a total of $1500 and one third of that money went towards the Mark dale hospital. It just goes to show you that helping can be fun and easy and that a small difference can go along way to helping people in our community.

By: Cailyn Perry, Grade 6

December 17th, 2013 - Chapman's Ice Cream's 2nd Annual Memorial Golf Tournament Donates to CGHSF

On December 17th, 2013, Centre Grey Health Services Foundation (CGHSF) was the grateful recipient of a cheque for $3,850, the proceeds of Chapman's Ice Cream's second annual memorial Golf Tournament, held in memory of longtime friend and colleague, George Siambis. The donation will go towards priority hospital equipment needs at Centre Grey Hospital.

Pictured L-R are Chapman's Ice Cream staff members Duane Bowman (Warehouse Manager and Golf Tournament Director) and Andrea Hill (Quality Assurance Supervisor and Golf Tournament Committee member). Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Foundation are Dan Rose, Board Director, Florence Hellyer, Board Director, and Ron Goldsmith, Board Chair.