Premeir tours Stevenson, buts makes no mention of funding

Ontario Premier Doug Ford toured Stevenson Memorial Hospital on Monday, November 15, and had an opportunity to see why there is a need and a current campaign to redevelop the hospital into a more modern facility.

Premier Ford arrived with Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, who is also MPP for the riding of Dufferin-Caledon.

The Town of New Tecumseth made a formal request to Health Minister Christine Elliot asking her to visit the hospital – but that was over two years ago.

The Premier thanked hospital staff for all their work, especially during the pandemic.

Ford was given a tour of the hospital, including the CT scan room. T

he province has provided $100,000 in funding for the CT room in the past.

After the tour, the Premier did not make any new announcement regarding funding for the redevelopment project.

The hospital is currently raising funds for its redevelopment and received the go-ahead to move to second stage planning.

The entire cost of the project is now around $183 million with $43 million coming from local fundraising and donations.

The Premier also went to Dunkalk on the same day to visit the future site of the South East Grey Community Health Centre.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times