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On the Mark

A new health centre designed for the long-term needs of the community it serves

Markdale, Ontario

Healthy Growth

The master plan reflects the vision of Grey Bruce Health services and the surrounding rural community. It not only meets the immediate requirements of the hospital and is sensitive to a complex network of political interests, but also responds to the need for future flexibility and growth of a rural community within a regional healthcare system.

Patient Profile

The hospital’s catchment area includes the townships of Grey Highlands, West Grey, Southgate and Chatsworth - totalling approximately 22,000 people. Grey Bruce and Huron Perth Counties have the highest percentage of residents over the age of 65 in Ontario, and the third highest percentage in Canada.

Increased Capacity

The new facility replaces the current hospital and is designed to significantly increase space requirements for emergency, outpatient ambulatory services, diagnostic services and surgery. In response to demographic challenges, the new hospital also improves clinical practice areas and the patient care environment, as well as sets a benchmark in elder friendly design.

Land Trust

The land currently designated for the hospital has three existing tenants, a long-term care centre, offices for the County of Grey and a garden built in memory of World War II veterans. Having developed a trusting relationship with the client that involves a great deal of listening and learning, the master plan was developed to integrate the interests of the hospital with those of the County, the veterans groups and the management team. As a result of the in-depth work done on the Master Plan, the transition into schematic design was seamless.

Project facts

Size: 1,300 sq. m./ 14, 000 sq. ft.
Cost: $54 Million
Completed : 2008 Design
Collaborators : MMM, Mulvey & Banani, Halsall Engineering
Client: Grey Bruce Health Services