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(Updated 7:30 a.m., Nov. 17)
Orléans Health Hub still on target for 2020

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

Orléans Health Hub director Lise Vaillancourt and Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde unveiled plans for the future health care facility at a public consultation Thursday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo

More than 10 years in the planning, the long-awaited Orléans Health Hub appears to finally be on the verge of becoming a reality according to the person responsible for over-seeing the project.

Speaking in front of an audience of 130 people at the Heritage Funeral Complex last Thursday night, Health Hub director Lise Vaillancourt unveiled the first architectural concept rendering of the facility which will be built at the northwest corner of Mer Bleue Road and Brian Coburn Blvd.

She also confirmed that the eight partner organizations involved in the planning process, have agreed on the services and footprint of the 18,000 sq. ft. building and that a Request for Quotation (RFQ) process for the $60 million facility will begin this winter.

The RFQ process is a precursor for a Request for Proposal (RFP), which accord-ing to Vaillancourt, should take place sometime next fall. The RFO process will determine who will build the facility, when consrtruction will begin and how long it will take yo finish.

“By the end of 2018 we should have a contract signed with a date to begin construction,” Vaillancourt explained after the meeting.

If all goes well the Health Hub could be open for business sometime in 2020. That’s music to the ears of Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde who got elected in 2014 on the promise to make the Health Hub a reality.

“After I was elected I realized that building a health care facility with eight different public sector partners is not as simple as building a retirement facility privately. This is a very unique project. It is going to be a prototype for the rest of the province and we want to make sure we do it right the first time,” said Lalonde.

The eight partners who have teamed up together are the Montfort Hospital, CHEO, Ottawa Public Health, the Eastern Ottawa Community Resource Centre, Bruyère Continuing Care, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa, and the Champlain Local Health Integration Network.

When it is completed the Health Hub will provide ambulatory care, geriatric care, mental health services, medical imaging, a walk-in clinic and an active rehabilitation centre. The facility is being developed as a one-stop shop for health care services.

“The idea is for people to come in who may need access to the diabetes clinic, but also has to see a cardiologist and needs to have some x-rays done. They will be able to gave a coordinated care plan without having to go to three or four different places,” explains Vaillancourt.

Blackburn Hamlet Community Associa-tion president Laura Dudas said that her community is willing to wait two more years for a full-service, integrated health hub as long at the end of the day, it meets the needs of local residents.

“We really want it, but we want it to be right. If Orléans can benefit from some-thing that is right, then they’re willing to wait a little longer. As long as it meets the needs of the community that’s what’s important,” said Dudas.

Members of the public got their first look at what the future Orléans Health Hub will look like and the services that will be provided at the facility during an open house Thursday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

 

   
   

 


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