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Planning for Durham Region's Future Health Care Needs

Lakeridge Health is Durham Region’s acute care provider and one of the largest hospital systems in the province, operating 5 hospitals and over 20 community locations. Lakeridge Health is working to become a fully integrated system, delivering high quality, patient and family-centred care wherever patients need to access programs and services.

As Durham Region continues to grow and demand for health care increases, Lakeridge Health is planning for an additional 1,000 hospital beds over the next 25 years.

To help meet this need, Lakeridge Health is redeveloping and expanding Bowmanville Hospital. Lakeridge Health’s Master Plan also proposed that a new hospital be built to add existing services, particularly in the areas of critical care and emergency medicine.

Planning for this new hospital matches the longer term, multi-generational horizon for the hospital’s strategic plan and is a multi-year process. The first step is to identify and protect land for the proposed hospital that will benefit all Durham Region residents right now and into the future.

There are some factors we know must be looked at in selecting a site, such as the size of the property, not too close to industrial uses that might disrupt a hospital or be too far from major roadways. You can view a complete list of the draft criteria by visiting the Lakeridge Hospital web site.

Lakeridge Health is consulting with various experts to advise on these criteria. An Independent Expert Panel is leading this site selection process. Once a site is identified through this process, a recommendation will be made to the Lakeridge Health Board of Trustees who will make the recommendation to the Ministry of Health. 

This decision must also include the perspectives of the people who live in Durham Region. The purpose of this survey is to get your feedback on what is important to you when considering a site for a new hospital. It will help inform the Panel’s work as they look to create the criteria they will use to determine the best site.

For more information about the site selection process, please visit the project webpage.

NOTE: The survey is available in 10 different languages. We encourage you to complete the survey in your preferred language by selecting the language from the dropdown bar on the top right-hand corner of the survey.
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