Open house at ’Burg hospital Nov. 29

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Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is inviting the community to an open house at the Wallaceburg Site Nov. 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Following Chatham-Kent Municipal Council’s approval of the site plan for the replacement power plant project, the open house provides the community with an opportunity to learn more about CKHA’s redevelopment of the Wallaceburg Site, hospital officials said.

Hosted as an informal open house, members of the community may drop-in at their convenience throughout the evening.

While at the open house, attendees have the opportunity to meet CKHA’s Board members and participate in 10- to 15-minute guided tours of completed and upcoming projects that are essential to the renewal of the Wallaceburg Site.

Attendees are asked to enter through the main entrance (facing Margaret Avenue) as the open house will be centralized in the reception area near the information desk.

“Following the council’s approval of the site plan, we wanted to engage with the community and provide the community with an opportunity to learn more about the project and the redevelopment of CKHA’s Wallaceburg Site,” Lori Marshall, President and CEO, CKHA, said in a media release. “Building a new power plant that is capable of supporting current and future developments is essential to renewing the facilities at the Wallaceburg Site. This project is important to reaffirming our commitment to meet the specific needs of the community for years to come.”

After announcing $7.3 million in project funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in April, CKHA received site plan approval of the power plant project at the Chatham-Kent council meeting held Nov. 19.

The province’s grant will go towards the construction of a new power plant to replace aging equipment with new boilers, generators and electrical distribution equipment. The expansion is part of the province’s plan to update hospital infrastructure in Chatham-Kent and follows the Ministry’s 2017 approval for $1.5 million under the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP) to replace old heating and cooling distribution equipment at the Wallaceburg site.

The balance of the project cost will be funded through hospital funds allocated for investment in this project.

Construction completion should occur in 2019 with minimal disruption to patient services.

For more information on Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, please visit www.ckha.on.ca.

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