Lakeridge Health President and CEO Updates Port Perry Restoration Plans and Outlines Patient Care Delivery at Scugog Chamber Event

Posted on Thursday September 28, 2017

Durham –  Today, Lakeridge Health President and CEO Matthew Anderson discussed the future of health care in Durham Region during a presentation at an event held by the Scugog Chamber of Commerce. 

As guest speaker, Anderson focused his remarks on the restoration and reopening of Port Perry Hospital, which was damaged by fire on August 25.

“Providing access to care and services in North Durham is a top priority for Lakeridge Health,” Anderson said. “While the physical damage to the building is moderate, the fire severely damaged mechanical systems, which are required for the hospital to safely function, and for staff to properly care for patients.”

The area most affected by the fire is also undergoing asbestos remediation which is necessary to ensure safety of anyone entering the building. This work must be completed before experts can complete a full assessment of the damage. 

“We understand the concern among local residents who are urging quick restoration and reopening timelines. We remain focused on reopening the site as soon as is safely possible but repairing the systems to their full function requires significant work,” said Anderson. 

While Port Perry Hospital will continue to be in the construction and restoration phase until at least the Spring/Summer of 2018, a more detailed timeline for reopening is expected in the next two to three months. 

Anderson also provided an update on the temporary relocation of patient care. Working as a regional acute care system, Lakeridge Health is better positioned to respond more quickly, safely and comprehensively by leveraging all of its physical and human resources. Through this system approach, Lakeridge Health has created a smooth transition for Port Perry patients and staff. 

“A significant amount of effort, planning and consideration has taken place to ensure our patients continue to receive excellent care,” adds Anderson.

For updated information on our progress on restoration plans, please visit our website or on social media using Twitter and Facebook.

 

For more information contact:

Lakeridge Health Communications

T. 905.576.8711 extension 4317

communications@lakeridgehealth.on.ca