7:30 a.m., Nov. 17)
Health Hub still on target for 2020
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
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
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
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.
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.
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.
the end of 2018 we should have a contract signed with
a date to begin construction,” Vaillancourt explained
after the meeting.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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