We are on a mission to become Ontario's safest hospital delivering high quality health care while driving down wait times. We've been making a lot of improvements recently - reducing our infection rates, improving our hand-washing rates, and bringing down ER wait times - but there is more to do.
We know that as the population of Durham Region grows and changes, the health care needs of families here will change too. As the leading community hospital in Durham Region, we need to make sure we're ready so that we can keep providing the safe, high quality health care you deserve.
Durham Region is growing with new families choosing to move to the area, and our population is also aging as baby boomers hit retirement and choose to make Durham Region their home. Over the next ten years, the population of Durham Region is expected to grow by about 120,000 people, or just under 20%. At the same time, the seniors' population - those aged 65 and over - is expected to grow by over 60%.
We know that seniors need access to more health care, and that all of our families need access to urgent care, an ER, medical specialists and surgeries.
Our plan will make sure we have enough room for a growing and aging population with the right laboratory and pharmacy space to support the hospital, as well as teaching and research facilities. The plan includes:
The plan also includes a brand new specialty hospital to replace our existing Whitby site that will focus on long-term rehabilitation, complex continuing care, and teaching and research facilities focused on geriatric care.
This new specialty hospital would be the heart of a health care complex for residents of north Whitby and Oshawa that would also include an Urgent Care Centre and laboratory for x-rays and other tests and scans.
The government of Ontario has announced $7.7 million to support the construction of a new state-of-the-art regional pharmacy at Lakeridge Health's Oshawa site. The new pharmacy will allow us to instal the latest technology and equipment that will improve safety, reduce waste and allow our pharmacists to spend more time at the bedside talking with people about their medications. The volunteers at our Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Oshawa have also committed $1 million towards this project. Our Lakeridge Health Foundation is raising donations for the remaining costs. Donations can be made here.
You can help us improve health care in Durham Region for all of our families. Our plan is ambitious, but necessary, and any new hospital construction carries a significant price tag. The government of Ontario requires communities to raise a local share of all construction costs. We estimate the local share of these projects to be over $200 million. You can make a donation to help us build for the future, today.