Amherstburg bidding for new mega-hospital

 

Town Logo Small-webBy Ron Giofu

 

The decision where the region’s new mega-hospital will be located has yet to be made, but Amherstburg wants to be considered.

Town council authorized administration to submit a bid for the mega-hospital, with the proposed site being on Sandwich St. S. next to the Seasons Amherstburg facility. The site is roughly 84-acres with director of economic and community development Tony DeThomasis believing that surrounding buildings make the site compatible for a hospital.

“The existing Seasons Retirement complex, Amherstburg Family Health Team and newly constructed medical plaza share similar characteristics with the proposed hospital,” DeThomasis stated in his report to council. “The site is fully serviced, meets the minimum acreage requirements, surrounding developable lands or buffering and is shovel ready. With the recent infrastructure investments made in the pollution control plant and buried infrastructure, Amherstburg has positioned itself to contend for mega projects such as the proposed hospital.”

DeThomasis believed that if the town were to be selected, “Essex County could be better served with the addition of an acute care hospital in Amherstburg. Essex County would have acute care type services at three of the four corners of Essex County, with the existing Leamington site and the Windsor site.”

The local site provides flexibility in site selection for the mega-hospital, a smaller overall footprint and better overall serviceability for residents of Essex County, DeThomasis added.

“Administration is hopeful that outcomes from the community capacity study will

identify select services that could be conducted in satellite locations,” he stated. “The

proposed Amherstburg site has the characteristics of a medical campus with the

Seasons Retirement Community, Family Health Team and medical plaza.”

Having the mega-hospital locate in Amherstburg would be “another step” in making the town a “full-service retirement community.” It would also aid in the development of a health care industry in Amherstburg, he believed.

“Manager of Planning Services Rebecca Belanger has reviewed the proposed

site and concurs with selection as possible site for the mega hospital or acute

care hospital,” the report added. “The proposed site requires minor changes to zoning, studies and other planning requirements will be necessary.”

The deadline to submit land offers for the mega-hospital is Sept. 24.

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