Hospital staff and stakeholders got an opportunity to help design their ideal hospital in Orillia.
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital held a charette-style planning session Tuesday afternoon for their Future Hospital project.
The session was hosted by David Cerny of Dialog Design from Toronto.
It included a table-top exercise where they model several building options.
Several people in attendance expressed their desire to have ambulance service on the same grounds as the hospital.
Hospital President and CEO Pat Campbell says this is a really important project to get on the Province’s radar.
She says the hospital consists of a lot of old buildings and they need to move forward as it is going to take some time.
One option is to redevelop within the current hospital structure, the other is to build a new hospital from the ground up.
Campbell says the first option brings with it a set of challenges.
She says if you build an entirely new hospital, it would look much simpler.
Campbell says there are a lot of parts of the hospital that if it were built today, it would look totally different.
She cites the new neo-natal intensive care unit at the hospital where it looks nothing like the old one.
*Article by Ken Hashizume – Bayshore Broadcasting: http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=98924