Lakeridge Health Launches Public Consultation on Site Selection Criteria for a Proposed Hospital in Durham Region

Posted on Friday July 16, 2021

Fairness Advisor Also Chosen to Support Process

Durham Region – Last month, Lakeridge Health announced it was moving forward with an independent site selection process to identify and protect land for a potential new hospital for Durham Region. After announcing the members of the independent Expert Panel, the next stage in the process is public consultation to ensure the community can have a say on the site selection criteria used to assess potential sites for the proposed future hospital.

Today, Lakeridge Health is launching a public survey to give members of the community an opportunity to provide input on what is important to them when it comes to selecting a site for a future hospital. This input will help the Panel finalize the criteria that will be used to evaluate the site submissions received.

Residents and businesses of Durham Region are invited to complete an online survey that includes details about the draft criteria being proposed. The survey is now available on the Lakeridge Health website until August 6 and here:

In addition to the survey, there will also be other engagement activities, including a Facebook Live community town hall planned for July 28, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This will be an opportunity for people to learn more about how proposals will be evaluated, ask questions, and provide feedback.

“As the Expert Panel continues its important work of selecting a site for a proposed future hospital, it’s so important that our community has an opportunity to provide input,” said Cynthia Davis, President and CEO, Lakeridge Health. “We understand how important a new hospital will be to everyone in Durham Region and we are excited to provide ways to involve the community from the very beginning.”

Fairness Advisor

After a competitive process, Optimus SBR has been selected as the Fairness Advisor for the Expert Panel. The Fairness Advisor’s role is to make sure that the site selection process is transparent and unbiased by all involved parties.

Optimus SBR is an independently owned professional services firm with a focus on providing customized advisory services to organizations. The firm has a robust healthcare practice area and has provided fairness services for a variety of large and complex projects – making them well-positioned to support the Panel through the site selection process.

For more information about the public consultation or the site selection process, please visit the Lakeridge Health website at If you have additional feedback or comments, please send them to:

As work continues with the site selection process, Lakeridge Health will continue to share regular updates. This process should be completed by the end of 2021.



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