The month of May offers the opportunity for community partners and Prince Edward County residents to provide feedback on the two potential site options for the new Quinte Health Care Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.
Two sites are under consideration – the existing hospital site with the addition of donated land adjacent, and the greenfield site next to the H.J. McFarland Memorial Home.
Officials say soil and water testing on the current site shows nothing that would prohibit it as an option.
Director of Capital Projects for Quinte Health Care Bill Andrews says the plan now is for 14 beds by 2019 which will grow to 22.
Architect Jason-Emery Groen says the design criteria includes pedestrian access by walking from town.
PECM Foundation member Leo Finnegan said he spent some recent days in the hospital and each night there were 17 patients, and there was street noise. Finnegan said “This is a anther good reason to choose the McFarland site.”
A site selection community consultation open house is scheduled for May 15 at the Prince Edward County Community Centre 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Residents may also have input by filling out an online survey by May 20 – a link to the survey will be added to the QHC website and the PECM Redevelopment page on Facebook, or picking up a copy of the survey at the PECMH Foundation office.