Port Perry Hospital Reopens: welcomes patients and families back after temporary closure

Posted on Wednesday September 05, 2018

Durham Region – Today, Lakeridge Health officially welcomed patients and families, community members and the health care team to the newly restored and renovated Port Perry Hospital. Over one year ago, a fire forced the temporary closure of the beloved community hospital.

Over the past year, a number of upgrades have been made to Port Perry Hospital, including:

  • Restoration of mechanical and electrical infrastructure and sections of the hospital damaged by fire;
  • Mechanical and electrical room upgrades, including the installation of twin generators;
  • Improvements to many patient care areas, including the New Life Centre for moms and their babies;
  • The installation of new flooring in the Emergency Department and Diagnostic Imaging, where patients visit for x-rays and ultrasound; and
  • Upgraded exterior brick work to modernize the building’s facade.

Additional upgrades have also been made to enhance the patient experience, such as improvements to the New Life Centre where patient washrooms are brighter and rooms feature walk-in showers. These improvements will help Lakeridge Health, the Foundation and community partners continue to serve the needs of Durham Region’s growing population.

The official reopening of Port Perry Hospital was announced by Scugog Township’s Town Crier, Bill McKee. Chief Kelly LaRocca of the Mississauga of Scugog Island First Nations led a traditional Smudging Ceremony. A commemorative ceremony featuring local and provincial dignitaries followed.

Please visit the Lakeridge Health website or find us on social media using Twitter or Facebook to learn more about the Port Perry Hospital restoration project. You can also see the progression of the restoration of the Port Perry Hospital in this special video series here


“We are grateful and thankful for the tremendous effort of everyone involved in Port Perry Hospital’s restoration. We know that Port Perry Hospital is the heart of the community and means so much to the people living and working in North Durham. Last year, we promised to reopen this hospital as soon as possible. Today, we are proud to reopen the hospital and to continue to work with Lakeridge Health teams, community and partners to build an even stronger regional system of acute care that serves Durham Region.” - Sharon Cochran, Lakeridge Health Board Chair

“We are grateful for the encouragement, support, and patience of North Durham residents, the Port Perry Hospital Foundation and Auxiliary, the Medical Associates of Port Perry and community partners throughout the past year. We also want to express thanks to the Lakeridge Health Team who seamlessly responded to the fire at the Port Perry Hospital to ensure that every patient, family and team member was safe and supported with minimal disruption in the delivery of care. Thank you to all who have worked tirelessly to restore and reopen the hospital as soon as possible.” - Matthew Anderson, Lakeridge Health President and CEO

“We are grateful to the community and donors who continue to help the Port Perry Hospital Foundation improve the overall patient experience through enhanced state-of-the-art equipment and services, all of which make a tremendous impact on the quality and delivery of care at Port Perry Hospital.” - Rachel Agnoluzzi, Port Perry Hospital Foundation CEO

“The reopening of Port Perry Hospital is a testament to the commitment and dedication of Lakeridge Health and its community partners to investing in health care close to home. This is the power of working together in the face of obstacles.  Together, we will continue to build strong communities across Durham Region.” – Lindsey Park, MPP Durham

“As a lifetime resident of Port Perry, I know this hospital has been a staple in the community for decades, offering life-saving health care services and local job opportunities for those living in this community and beyond. The hospital enhancements will allow those living and working in North Durham to reap the benefits of improved health care services for generations to come.” - Thomas Rowett, Scugog Mayor

Quick Facts

  • There are more than 14,000 visits to Port Perry Hospital’s Emergency Department, more than 300 babies born in the New Life Centre and more than 12,500 prescriptions processed every year in the hospital’s pharmacy.
  • Port Perry Hospital is one of the few Ontario community hospitals with a helipad. During the restoration, the hospital’s helipad was repaved. The helipad facilitates air ambulance transfers of patients to trauma sites and accepts patients from more remote areas.
  • Port Perry Hospital is part of the five-site Lakeridge Health system. This acute care hospital is made up of 30 acute care beds and five newborn bassinets.
  • There are more than 150 Port Perry Hospital Auxiliary members who volunteer their time to raise funds for the hospital to help meet the needs of those who rely on services at Port Perry Hospital.

About Lakeridge Health

Lakeridge Health is Durham Region’s acute health care provider. With five hospitals, four emergency departments, a residential treatment centre and more than a dozen community locations, the new Lakeridge Health is working to provide the best experience for patients and their families. Home to the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre and Pinewood Centre, Lakeridge Health also provides regional mental health, eye care and nephrology services.

With a committed and dedicated team of more than 5,400 employees, more than 760 physicians and more than 1,600 volunteers, Lakeridge Health provides care to the more than 650,000 people living and working in Durham Region.


For more information contact:

Andrea Piunno

Communications Specialist, Lakeridge Health

T. 905.242.5091