On October 1, 2017, after years of tireless efforts and dedication, the doors will open to the new, state-of-the art, Milton District Hospital expansion. This will be a day for all Milton residents to celebrate!
I was pleased to join Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Halton Hearlthcare President & CEO Denise Hardenne, Milton Mayor Gord Krantz and the countless community supporters, staff, physicians and volunteers on September 29 to celebrate the grand opening of this brand new facility.
This is a significant milestone for health care in our community. But this is much more than a celebration of bricks and mortar. That’s because this will be a place that will offer local residents a helping hand, a smiling face and critical care when they are sick, vulnerable, and in need.
It’s also taken a great deal of work to get here.
Over the years, as Milton expanded and the population grew, it was clear the town needed a new hospital. Many of us joined together to ensure that our community got the quality health care facility we deserved. It worked. In June, 2011, I was honoured to stand beside then Minister of Health and Long Term Care Deb Matthews, when she announced that the government would make our dreams a reality. Ontario was committing a massive $500 million investment that would change the future of health care in Milton. It was a great day.
Everyone who had worked hard to make this project happen broke into cheers, sharing hugs and tears. And we’ve watched as a hole in the ground slowly became the modern facility we see today. But this isn’t just about steel and concrete, it’s about people. It’s about our community. It’s about all of us being able to count on high-quality health care long into the future.
This 330,000 square foot expansion has tripled the size of the hospital and added capacity to double the number of beds from 63 to 120. The community will also benefit from an expanded emergency department, added special care nursery in the maternal newborn department and a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.
Throughout this process, the people of Milton have come together in a spectacular and inspiring way to help raise funds. From community BBQ’s to pajama parties to gala events, residents have banded together. It’s been an absolute privilege to stand side by side with the people of Milton to help this expansion become a reality.
When the doors to our brand new hospital open, I will stand proudly with my friends and neighbours as we celebrate this amazing facility and investment in health care for our region. A facility that will stand as a reminder that when we all work together, great things happen.
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