Community needs to raise $7.5M to build new West Niagara Hospital
'No matter how you look at this, it's good news.'
Officials planning to build a new hospital in Grimsby to replace the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital on Main Street received some encouraging news this week.
Chair of the Building a Healthy Community Campaign, Andrew Smith, tells CKTB the process of building the hospital was refined recently showing that the community needs to come up with $50M, instead of the originally planned $60M.
"It is a fantastic story, no matter how you look at this it's good news for the community and Niagara with a new hospital coming to the table. With $10M less than what we originally thought."
While the Ontario government funds the majority of the construction costs, the community is on the hook for 10% of construction costs and 100% of equipment and furniture inside the new building.
The community still needs to raise $7.5M to get to the $50M mark.
After funding from Niagara municipalities, and donations already raised for the build, they are short $7.5M.
Smith says he is comfortable with that goal knowing the community has fought long and hard for a new hospital and the end is now in sight.
The hospital, which is being built on WLMH's current property, is expected to be complete in late 2024, or early 2025.
Tim Denis is joined by:
Debbie Zimmerman - CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario
Rob Foster - Lincoln Regional Councillor