Redevelopment Blog

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July 26, 2016

Building the Best: Stevenson Memorial Recognized by Ministry of Health for Outstanding Emergency Department Performance

Stevenson Memorial Hospital has received recognition from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) for the exemplary performance of its Emergency Department in 2015.

In a letter from the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Health System Quality and Funding Division, Stevenson Memorial was commended for maintaining the lowest Emergency Department Length of Stay for all patients within the Medium-Volume Community Hospital Group.

Stevenson Memorial’s average Emergency Department wait times were 4.7 hours, far less than the overall group’s performance of 6.6 hours. With the exception of a brief 3-month period, Stevenson Memorial has maintained this impressive ranking for three years. This ranking brings implicit recognition to the innovative systems that have been implemented hospital-wide through all departments which enhance patient flow.

“Stevenson Memorial is extremely proud to receive recognition from the Ministry of Health,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO. “This success is only possible due to the efficient hospital-wide systems we’ve implemented and the amazing teamwork of our entire hospital staff, which creates a positive patient experience while ensuring optimal patient flow through the ED to all other hospital units. The whole hospital shares in—and is an integral part of—this recognition. Stevenson Memorial remains committed to providing safe, high-quality care as we move forward with our redevelopment project, which will bring with it an expanded Emergency Department along with many other needed infrastructure improvements that will ensure we are able meet the needs of our growing community without sacrificing wait times or quality.”

The Central LHIN is engaged in discussions with Stevenson Memorial to learn more about its best practices so as to assist other hospitals across the province in improving their Emergency Department performance.

Stevenson Memorial is a vibrant, fully-accredited hospital located in the Town of New Tecumseth, serving the South Simcoe region. We endeavor to help ensure that the residents of our communities can access safe, quality care where and when they need it.

 Stevenson Memorial: We champion your care… every step of the way.

May 31, 2016

Building the Best: Stevenson Memorial Redevelopment Project On Track

Stevenson Memorial Hospital continues to work with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Central Local Health Integration Network (CLHIN) on its plans for construction of a new hospital facility.

A recent letter from the Minister of Health, the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, clearly demonstrated the Ministry’s understanding of the need for updated hospital facilities across communities in Ontario and confirms the Ministry’s commitment to working with Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) to plan for our proposed redevelopment project:

“The Central LHIN recognizes and supports the redevelopment of Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH), especially given the growing population in the area, the increased demands on the Emergency Department, and the LHIN’s recognition that Alliston is an emerging priority community.”

The ministry understands and appreciates the concerns  that members of the local community have about SMH and its ability to provide services into the future. The ministry remains committed to making capital investments across the health care sector and will continue to work with the LHINs to assess needs based on sound fiscal planning; guided by its priorities for the health care system.

The ministry continues to work closely with SMH and the LHIN to finalize the review of the submission.”

“I was pleased to receive such a strong letter of support for our revitalization and redevelopment project,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO. The MoH recognizes that we are a growing community that needs a new revitalized facility in order to meet the needs of all those who live here. We’ve received additional questions from the Ministry and LHIN on the project that may be addressed at the next stage of planning if there is approval to proceed with the implementation of this important redevelopment project.  We are in the process of preparing our responses to those requests for further information and data. We will continue to roll up our sleeves for SMH’s deserving communities, as we endeavour to deliver on our commitment to bring revitalized, state-of-the-art facilities to the South Simcoe region.

We believe our redevelopment project is on track to be shovel-ready within the coming years, and Stevenson Memorial will continue to update the community on the progress of the project as it moves forward through the approval process.

Stevenson Memorial is a vibrant, fully-accredited hospital located in the Town of New Tecumseth, serving the South Simcoe region. We endeavor to help ensure that the residents of our communities can access safe, quality care where and when they need it.

 Stevenson Memorial: We champion your care… every step of the way.

January 21, 2016

Building the Best: Stevenson Memorial Receives Strong Support for New Facility

Stevenson Memorial Hospital, a progressive acute care community hospital serving South Simcoe, has received strong community support for its plans for construction of a new hospital facility to serve the community’s growing healthcare needs.

Local town councils were briefed in December 2015 on the progress of the submission process and were very supportive of the project, which aims to build a new facility with modern infrastructure and services, including a new Emergency Department, OR facilities, Diagnostic Imaging and Lab, and refreshed outpatient clinics.  The total gross square footage of the new facility will be 161,577sf (more than twice the current size of 71,925sf).

Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson strongly supports the new hospital and revitalization of Stevenson Memorial Hospital, along with numerous community stakeholders, including Honda Canada, the Towns of New Tecumseth, Innisfil, Essa and Adjala-Tosorontio, Southlake Regional Health Centre, the County of Simcoe, and the Nottawasaga Foundation.

In a letter dated December 24, 2015, Stevenson was asked by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) further questions regarding data modeling, projections and Stage 2 (Functional Program) questions.  The hospital anticipated this response and considers the Stage 2 questions as setting the stage for ultimate approval within the coming months.

“We continue the process of working with the Ministry of Health on our Stage 1 submission,” says Dr. Jody Levac, President & CEO. “We will be providing additional information to the MoH by the end of January, and still target being ‘shovel-ready’ for the Fall of 2018. We are quite excited to see the Ministry asking us Stage 2 related questions and feel confident that by fully addressing them, we are aligning ourselves for complete approval to proceed to the Functional Program phase.  Once approval is secured, we can deliver on our promise to build the absolute best new hospital for this deserving community.”

Stevenson Memorial is a fully-accredited hospital located in the Town of New Tecumseth, serving Simcoe County in central Ontario. Our mission is to help the residents of our communities access safe, quality care where and when they need it. Building a new hospital is aligned with that mission as we endeavour to provide accessible, first-rate quality care for future generations.

September 17, 2015

 

July 22, 2015

Building the Best: An update to the Stevenson Memorial Community on our Stage 1 Submission

Stevenson Memorial Hospital is dedicated to revitalizing and redeveloping our hospital to meet the needs of our community, a community that has outgrown a facility that was constructed in 1964.  This is especially true when it comes to the Emergency Department. The 4,000 square-foot Emergency Department was made to accommodate 7,000 visits per year; yet, in 2012, Stevenson accommodated 29,888 emergency department visits.  That number hit 33,424 visits for 2014-15. The facility is attempting to handle over four times the level of visits it was designed to handle!  Thus, Stevenson is especially committed to upgrading its Emergency Department, as it is the “most relied upon and essential service” at Stevenson, accounting for over 50% of the total visits to the hospital.  This is due to two factors: 1. All other hospital emergency facilities are more than 45 minutes away; 2. There is no public transit within or between those communities. 

On June 22nd, Stevenson Memorial Hospital submitted a 600-page Stage 1 Capital submission to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC). This weighty submission is actually the second step on a long journey of 5 years to this point towards revitalizing and redeveloping our hospital.  The MOHLTC lays out a 6-stage submission process for redevelopment within the province of Ontario, beginning with a pre-capital application and going through 5 capital submission steps, ultimately ending when shovels hit the ground.  We are optimistic that we can begin breaking ground in September of 2018.    

As we await the approval of our Stage 1 submission (expected in September 2015), we are reaching out to our community.  We have two goals in mind.  Our first goal is to make sure that we do our best to keep you informed.  Our second goal is to get the community excited about the project through community engagement and, ultimately, community empowerment.

Quality patient care is at the forefront of our minds at all times.  It is with patient care in mind that we look at our current building and come to the conclusion that it isn’t enough given the realities of our community.  This is confirmed by the Ministry of Finance through its population projections, as we need a facility that is more than two times Stevenson's current size of 71,925 gross square feet.  As was mentioned above, our Emergency Department is outdated to meet the needs of our community, and without addressing this, our community could be put at risk, especially if a critical outbreak of an infectious disease hits our community in the future. 

The best answer to these eventualities is a new facility with modern infrastructure and services.  These services would include a new Emergency Department, OR facilities, Diagnostic Imaging and Lab, and refreshed outpatient clinics.  These upgraded facilities would help Stevenson serve our growing community well into the future.  You, the community, play an integral part as we plan for the future.  We need you behind us to show the province of Ontario how important a thriving community hospital is for our region.  We will only be successful in implementing our vision through you – our community.  Lifesaving change will only come about through a transparent open dialogue with our community.  This is why we fully intend to engage with all stakeholder groups.  We are not entitled to the respect of the community until we have earned it.  Let us earn your respect for Stevenson Memorial Hospital by creating an experience you’ll be proud of.

Highlights of our Redevelopment include:

  • Total gross square footage of 161,577 (more than double our current 71,925, which would satisfy the size needed to meet the Ministry of Finance's community population projections).
  • A wrap-around two-story design that extends the hospital to the north and west, while enabling clinical efficiencies between the Obstetrics and Medical-Surgical units.
  • Preserving our helipad on the northeast, with an unimpeded flight path.
  • Allowing for a dedicated internal road for ambulances on the west side of the property, away from traffic flows.
  • Nearly tripling our parking spaces, ensuring accessibility for our patients.
  • Total project cost estimate of $136,261,200, with a local share portion of $23,309,700 (the Ministry mandates that hospitals fund the local share portion through community fundraising efforts).
  • The 5 capital project steps include our completed Stage 1 Proposal; once approved, we would then proceed to a Stage 2 Functional Program, move onto the Stage 3 Output Specifications, proceed to Stage 4 - Request for Proposal (RFP), and, lastly, Stage 5, Implementation and Construction.

The Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation (SMHF) fully supports our efforts to redevelop the hospital, and the Foundation can meet the local share requirement of $23,309,700 mentioned above.  In fact, the Foundation commissioned a feasibility study that shows the community has the capacity to raise up to $30 million if the project requires it.  This study was conducted over a four-month period and involved 54 personal interviews and one focus group session in order to determine the best way to raise $30 million toward renovating and redeveloping the hospital.  In addition, there is a letter of support signed by Hospital Foundation Chair Margaret Barber to raise the required local share for this project..

We want to make our intentions crystal-clear: We need a new facility, and as such, it needs to be centered on the needs of our growing community.  We need a new Emergency Department that will be sufficient for the next 50 years. The hospital still ranks as the 2nd-fastest Emergency Department out of 74 medium and high-volume hospitals in the entire province of Ontario, but the only way this ranking will be maintained and potentially rise higher will be by upgrading the hospital and its facilities. 

Cancer Care Ontario recently named Stevenson as the most improved hospital over the past fiscal year.  To maintain the high standard that Stevenson is exhibiting, we need to attract the best quality surgeons to our community.  The only way this can be done is by having quality operating rooms that are sufficiently equipped.  Our OR rooms need to be brought up to 21st-century standards.  Improving the facilities and infrastructure for the diagnostic imaging labs will lead to the community experiencing lower wait times and a better level of care. 

By 2031, the population Stevenson will serve is expected to grow from its current 55,000 to over 90,000.  Stevenson's services will be even more in-demand due to the fact that a large percentage of that 90,000+ will be of an older demographic, making it even more critical that we get underway with the renovations and upgrades Stevenson needs to provide the outstanding level of care to the members of this community when they need it most.

Fortunately, SMH has a groundswell of support from the local community, including Honda Canada, the Town of New Tecumseth, Southlake Regional Health Centre, County of Simcoe and Nottawasaga Foundation, and the critical support of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation.  We are truly grateful for the incredible support of this community and of the Foundation for its pledge to raise the local share. The redevelopment of SMH will be a community asset that we can all be proud of.

Next Steps:

For that to happen, we need your support and engagement.  Participating in this crucial stage is critical to providing a better future for you and your families.  How can you help?  There are several things you can do.  We need your feedback; we will listen and act upon your critical input.  You can engage directly with your MPP Jim Wilson, and we’d ask that you sign your name to a petition of support for our redevelopment. An online petition of support for our redevelopment can be found at http://www.jimwilsonmpp.com/services/petitions . Political engagement is a necessary tool in ensuring this redevelopment process remains high on the government’s agenda. To ensure the success of our redevelopment project, we need to show the Ministry of Health that we have a truly engaged community that is committed to rebuilding this hospital.

Successfully completing a project of this magnitude and scale will prove to be a monumental achievement.  We expect it will be around September 2018 that we will be shovel-ready and well on our way to a new Stevenson Memorial Hospital.  Our immediate aim is to get approval for our stage 1 submission from the Ministry. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that we are capable of positively impacting the health of the communities this hospital serves for several decades to come. 

We are enlarging our social presence by being more active on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  Find us there and participate in the conversation.  We need to hear from you.  No contribution is too small.  This is your community and your hospital.  We need your involvement and engagement for building the best hospital possible to serve your needs and the needs of all surrounding communities for generations to come.  We will be unable to do this without your involvement and support. 

“I am delighted to have submitted our stage 1 submission to the Ministry of Health and am looking forward to continuing our engagement with all community stakeholder groups as we progress along our path towards redevelopment,” says Dr. Jody Levac, President & CEO.  This new hospital, once built, will provide this community with a revitalized facility, high-level patient care and a hospital we can be proud of.”  

Stevenson Memorial Hospital Proposed Site Plan

 

 

 

April 6, 2015

A new billboard located outside Stevenson Memorial Hospital is creating excitement for staff and passersby as work continues on a redevelopment plan designed to expand the Emergency Department, Operating Rooms, Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory areas.

“Building the Best” is not only a pillar in the hospital’s strategic plan, it is also the goal of the Stevenson Redevelopment Committee (SRC) and the Board of Directors. Committee members were pleased to get a first look at the draft Master Program and an opportunity to provide feedback at the March meeting.
Feedback from the SRC and user group meetings held with staff and physicians over the past few weeks will now be considered as consultants draft three Master Plan options for presentation to the committee on April 21, 2015.

“We are all very excited to see the Master Plan taking shape,” said President and CEO Jody Levac. “There has been a tremendous interactive process to gather input from our staff as we move forward, and we are now seeing that valuable feedback translated into a viable plan for the future of Stevenson.”
Chefurka International is leading a group of sub-consultants including HCM Group, Salter Pilon Architectural Group and Hanscomb Ltd. to develop three options for submission to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Once endorsed by the committee, CEO Levac plans to present the draft Stage 1 submission, including three Master Plan options, to the Ministry of Health and the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) at a joint meeting in May. Feedback will be incorporated into the plan prior to its submission to the hospital Board for approval in June.
“It has been a whirlwind year so far,” Levac said. “We are on schedule to have our finalized Stage 1 Submission to the Ministry of Health by the end of June. It is critically important to keep the community informed and involved in the process, so we can build the best facility and ensure we are meeting the future needs of the patients and families who depend on Stevenson for great care.”

Redevelopment updates  will shared with the community through local media as well as on the hospital website at smhosp.on.ca and through Twitter and Facebook. Use the feedback feature on our website to share your thoughts, or call the Redevelopment Hotline at 705-435-6281, ext. 1701 to share your thoughts and ask questions.Plans to redevelop the aging Emergency Department, Laboratories, Operating Rooms and Diagnostic Imaging departments are moving forward with support from the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Board.

January, 2015

Senior managers, including President and CEO Jody Levac, held a planning session with Prism Partners Inc., a Project Management and Consulting firm with roots in the healthcare and research sectors.

Chefurka International will lead the process of developing a Master Plan for the project, working with a group of sub-consultants including HCM Group, Salter Pilon Architectural Group and Hanscomb Ltd.

“We know that the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is receptive to us submitting a Stage 1 Proposal aligning with the critical areas of service set out in the Pre-Capital Submission; namely, our Emergency Room, Operating Rooms, Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging Services,” said Jody Levac, President and CEO. “We are pleased to be working with PRISM, a team that has led some of the most complex building and infrastructure renewal projects in Canada.”

Project Manager Bob Savage will join the Stevenson team as well, bringing a long list of accomplishments on projects including Stevenson’s CT expansion in 2008.

Groups of hospital staff and physicians will participate in meetings with the PRISM team this week, beginning a high level re-examination of master planning data compiled in 2008, current data to assess needs for all service areas. The input from these sessions will be co-ordinated by a Steering Committee to be chaired by CEO Jody Levac.

Community input will also be invited as the planning process continues.

“This is a very exciting time in Stevenson’s history as we continue to move forward with the critically important planning for our redevelopment. The community deserves a modern facility, and this is another key step in achieving our objective. Collectively, we want to design and build the very best,” Levac concluded.

November, 2014

Stevenson submitted a pre-capital submission Part A in respect to the redevelopment project to the LHIN last year and the plan was endorsed by the Board of Directors. It now moves forward with a pre-capital submission Part B (physical and costs elements) completed and sent to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

The current facility, located on Fletcher Crescent, was built in 1964 with a 4,000 square-foot Emergency Department designed to accommodate 7,000 visits per year. In 2012, the number of emergency department visits reached 29,888. That number is expected to top 30,000 visits this year.

“Our community has simply outgrown the facility, and it’s clear that we have broad public support for both this proposal and the fundraising effort that will be required to make it a reality,” says CEO Jody Levac.

“A new Emergency Department continues to be this community’s number one priority,” he added, referring to an extensive period of community engagement conducted by the hospital prior to the pre-capital submission.

The Emergency Department is the “most relied upon and essential service” at Stevenson, accounting for over 50 per cent of total visits to the hospital. Other hospital emergency facilities are more than 45 minutes away, and there is no public transit within or between communities.

The current population of the catchment area is now greater than 55,000 and is projected to reach 90,000 by 2031.

With planning well underway, an extensive community engagement strategy will be developed to ensure information is available and stakeholders are able to participate in the consultation process. As with all hospital redevelopment projects in Ontario, a portion of the total cost of the project must be raised by the community.

 

The Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation is committed to raising the required funds.