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Centre Grey Health Services Foundation Office
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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.



Feversham Kinsmen pledge $5,000 to oncology campaign
Dec. 4, 2014

On December 4th, several members of the Feversham Kinsmen club met with Ron Goldsmith, Chair of Centre Grey Health Services Foundation to celebrate its commitment of $5,000 to The Hospital Campaign. The campaign is raising $11.4 Million to improve cancer and cardiac care at the Owen Sound Hospital and the five rural hospitals of Grey Bruce Health Services. New diagnostic and surgical equipment and expanded oncology space will be funded through The Hospital Campaign.

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Markdale hospital could be built in 4 years: CEO

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

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.

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This year, Centre Grey Health Services Light for Life campaign raised a total of $55,947, which will go towards the cost of priority hospital equipment and needs.  Thank you to all those who supported this campaign!


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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."

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

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.