Lakeridge Health is in the midst of developing its 2020-2024 Master Plan, which includes a vision of building a new acute care hospital in Durham Region.
So it’s no surprise the City of Oshawa, its staff, and politicians, have been making it known they want to see that facility come here.
Lakeridge Health – Oshawa, while a respected and capable hospital, is facing the same overcrowded halls as others across Ontario.
Oshawa has gone through an unprecedented period of growth over the past five to 10 years, and the city’s north end is a viable location for a new hospital.
This wouldn’t benefit just Oshawa, however, as it would serve as a highly central location within Durham Region’s lakeshore communities.
Two of the locations listed in the city’s pitch, the Northwood Business Park, and Columbus Industrial Area, should receive significant consideration by Lakeridge.
But as pointed out by Mayor Dan Carter, it’s not going to be a cinch. There is no doubt Whitby, Ajax, and Pickering will all be looking to get in on the action as well.
Whitby General Hospital closed its doors 20 years ago, and it seems unimaginable that Durham’s second-largest municipality doesn’t have an emergency room within its boundaries.
The town is making its pitch for the hospital, and it’s sure to be a dog fight.
At the end of the day, a new hospital will help all the municipalities of Durham Region, but Oshawa is smart to be very aggressive.
The decision won’t be made for some time, but this is a perfect opportunity for the current city council to come together on a united front and bring a much-needed resource to Oshawa.
To put it in perspective, Oshawa sees nearly 65 per cent of opioid overdoses within the region, and also has a high rate of seniors.
These factors alone work in the city’s favour.
Oshawa is the best choice for the new state-of-the-art hospital, and hopefully, Lakeridge Health and the Ministry of Health agree.