The hospital’s Wallaceburg Site plays a significant role in the provision of local health services for those living in North Kent. To meet the needs of health care delivery for years to come, CKHA has assembled a comprehensive redevelopment plan. The Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment Project will see a modernized health care facility for the community, anchored by a 24/7 Emergency Department, 6 Medicine Beds including Palliative Bed, Diagnostic Imaging (X-ray and Ultrasound) and Laboratory.
The redevelopment project began with approval of the Replacement Power Plant Project from the Ministry of Health in spring 2018 to replace essential infrastructure with a total project cost estimated at $7.8 million dollars. The province’s grant of up to $7.3 million funding went towards the construction of a new power plant to replace aging equipment with new boilers, generators and electrical distribution equipment. The new power plant will be the “engine” of the hospital throughout the redevelopment process and in its final state.
In late 2021, the project reached another milestone when CKHA’s Stage 1: Proposal Submission received approval from the Ministry. Now in Stage 2: Functional Program in the capital planning process, CKHA will begin detailed design planning where the design is refined and plans, specifications and estimates are created. This stage includes significant community engagement outputs and cost build up estimates including a commitment to supporting the local share of costs. The design planning for this phase of the project will focus on the 27/7 Emergency Department, 6 Medicine Beds including Palliative Bed, Diagnostic Imaging (X-ray and Ultrasound) and Laboratory. In March 2022, the hospital was pleased engage Agnew Peckham as the Health Care and Facility Planners for the next phase of the project.
CKHA’s Wallaceburg Site continues to focus on the community’s emerging needs with the current services:
- 24/7 Emergency Department
- 5 inpatient beds adjacent to the Emergency Department
- Ambulatory Care including specialty clinics
- Diagnostic Imaging including radiology and ultrasound
- Respiratory therapy
- Laboratory services (Point of Care testing)
As illustrated below, the Capital Planning Framework is broken into 3 distinct stages: (1) Early Planning; (2) Detailed Planning; and (3) Construction. Upon receiving approval for the December submission, CKHA will proceed to Stage 2: Detailed Planning. This stage is focused on detailed design, including detailed development of public and clinical space, an integrated site plan, and construction details.