Master Planning

As Lakeridge Health evolves as a five-hospital regional system of acute care, we must ensure we can meet the health care needs of the communities we serve today and into the future.

To help guide how and where health care services will be delivered over the next 20 years and beyond, Lakeridge Health is developing a Master Program and Plan, which serves as a roadmap for the future of care delivery in Durham Region.

Current State

The Master Plan was approved by Lakeridge Health’s Board of Directors and is on track to be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Summer 2019.

What is a Master Program?

The first step in the process of planning for the future is the development of a Master Program. A Master Program identifies what acute care programs and services are required to meet the needs of the community over the next 5, 10 and 20+ years and where those services should be located. In other words, the Master Program takes our present programs and services and factors in expected changes to determine demand needs.

What is a Master Plan?

The second step is the development of a Master Plan. The Master Plan builds on the Master Program information to create a blueprint for construction and development of the facilities needed to deliver the programs and services. It involves evaluating the condition and capabilities of our existing buildings, defining the long-term development strategies, and outlining the sequencing of site development to support the future delivery of acute care services.

Community Involvement 

Building any type of plan for the future requires first and foremost the involvement of the community. From January through April 2018, we reached out to businesses and people in the community to hear your thoughts on how we could shape the face of health care for the Durham Region. A wide range of community members and organizations were invited to participate from across the region. Community members took part in a range of surveys, interviews, meetings and focus groups, telephone town halls and other engagement methods. Participants were asked to share their opinions and feedback on:

  • What Lakeridge Health does to provide health care that should be continued
  • Barriers to accessing Lakeridge Health services
  • What Lakeridge Health can do to provide health care differently far into the future

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it was worth over 4,000 interactions – the number of interactions we had with Durham residents during community consultations across the region. Findings were consolidated and grouped into four themes:

We used stakeholder feedback to inform Lakeridge Health’s Master Planning process that will help shape hospital-based health services for everyone in the Durham Region. Master Planning involves evaluating the condition and capabilities of our existing buildings, defining long-term development strategies and outlining the rollout of site development to support future delivery of acute care services. None of this would be possible without the feedback of the people directly using and affected by our services.

Projects Underway

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