Restoring and Reopening Port Perry Hospital

December 15, 2017

Port Perry Hospital to resume patient services in late Summer 2018

Construction to be complete by July 2018; doors open to patients just after Labour Day

Durham Region - Lakeridge Health has been focused on restoring Port Perry Hospital after it was temporarily closed following a fire on August 25, 2017. Construction crews and engineering experts have been onsite over the past three months repairing damage and creating a detailed plan of the work required to safely open the site.

Based on the plan, construction and restoration of the building is scheduled to be complete the first week of July with the patient services opening the first week of September, 2018 - just after Labour day.

 "Although it is good to have a clear timeline for reopening, there is much work to do over the next number of months," said Matthew Anderson, Lakeridge Health President and CEO. "Our staff and construction partners continue to work tirelessly to deliver on our commitment to restore and safely re-open the hospital as soon as possible.

Restoration efforts include the construction and installation of a new boiler room, HVAC system and power plant. Construction crews have been working extended hours and with the team at Lakeridge Health to pre-select and pre-order long delivery items for all systems including generators, boilers and HVAC systems to accelerate the restoration efforts. It is expected to take eight weeks for the Lakeridge Health team to prep the building, do a terminal clean and sterilize all clinical areas, re-stock hospital inventory, and move in, test and re-certify all medical equipment.  

"While we work to reopen Port Perry Hospital as soon as possible, this also gives us the opportunity to do some additional upgrades during the temporary closure which will enhance the patient experience and make the hospital a more modern health care facility. None of these improvements will impact our re-opening date," said Anderson.

"Port Perry physicians and clinical staff who are caring for patients at other hospital sites have consistently demonstrated Lakeridge Health values during the temporary closure: compassion, innovation, courage and trust. Thank you to the staff and community partners for their ongoing commitment to provide safe, quality care during this time," said Valentine Lovekin, Lakeridge Health Board Chair.

Port Perry Hospital was temporarily closed after a roof fire on August 25, 2017 caused extensive damage to the electrical, mechanical and environmental networks required to safely operate the hospital. The restoration of Port Perry Hospital is a complex undertaking, with significant work and due diligence required to ensure the hospital will be safe for reopening.

 "Thank you North Durham residents, community members, patients and staff for your unwavering support and continued patience during the temporary closure of Port Perry Hospital. It is truly your support that makes the difference," said Anderson.

For up-to-date information on the progress of Port Perry Hospital restoration plans, please visit our website or on social media using Twitter and Facebook.

 

Our Commitment 

On August 25, 2017, the Port Perry hospital sustained damage from a fire that started during roofing construction. There has since been a suspension of services on site while we work to make the necessary repairs. 

We understand that there has been concern from residents who use the Port Perry hospital and we wanted to take this opportunity to assure community members that we understand their frustrations and are working to get the hospital operational again as soon as possible. Indeed, any assertion to the contrary is simply wrong.

We realize the importance of delivering safe, local quality care to the Port Perry community and regret any inconveniences this has caused our patients, our staff, our community healthcare partners, and the community at large. We are committed to keeping the local community informed as the project progresses and we thank you in advance for your ongoing patience and understanding.

If members of the community have any questions they can reach us directly at PortPerryQuestions@lakeridgehealth.on.ca or call the Port Perry Hotline at 1-833-681-9840.