Midland hospital acquires land for expansion plans
The Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Foundation has purchased 22 acres of vacant land beside the hospital’s highway 93 location in Midland. The purchase was made by the Foundation in December 2019 after being notified of the opportunity in the fall of 2019. Acquiring this land enables the hospital to grow to meet future demands for health care services.
The purchase was made possible in part by the generosity of the late Gil Robillard and family. The cost of the land was not disclosed.
While there are no immediate plans for construction the property, given the age and size of the GBGH there will eventually be a need to redevelop and expand the existing building.
Preliminary results from the GBGH master planning process indicates the size of the hospital will need ot dramatically increase within the next 20 to 30 years. The existing hospital was built in 1976 and there is no vacant space to provide additional services. The newly aquired lands give the hospital significant grwoth potential to either add on to the current facility, or build a new hospital, which may be more cost effective than renovating the old building. Additionally the hospital will not have to search for and purchase at a different site. This allows GBGH to maintain its centrally located, convenient and accessible location.
Contributed photo - Pictured from left - Nicole Kraftscik, executive director, GBGH Foundation; Susan Robillard and Phil DeBruyne, donors; and Kathy Elsdon Befort, vice president, GBGH Foundation Board of Directors.
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