Hospital gets “planning grant” for new care building

There’s new life in the possible construction of a new primary care building at the Deep River and District Hospital (DRDH).

Plans for the new building were cancelled two years ago when the hospital and town pulled out of a $3.4 million agreement for the new centre.

Now, however, the hospital has announced that the North Renfrew Family Health Team (FHT), in conjunction with DRDH, have signed a “planning grant” for the building with the Ministry of the Health and Long Term Care.

The grant will result in the Ministry providing up to $175,000 in one-time capital funding to support the development of a comprehensive business case for a new primary care building.

“This funding will allow the organization to work with the Ministry to develop business and architectural plans so that we may move ahead with planning a suitable space for the Family Health Team,” stated Richard Bedard, CEO of Deep River and District Hospital.

Sandra Griffiths, executive director of the Family Health Team, said “we are ecstatic about this announcement.”

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