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Local project partners are thrilled to mark an exciting milestone leading to ‘shovels in the ground’ for the new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital (PECMH) build.  

Today, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) formally announced that four companies have been invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) to deliver the new hospital build.  The four companies were prequalified based on criteria identified in a request for qualifications process that began in March 2023. 

The new PECMH will be a leading-edge health care facility designed to meet the current and future capacity needs of the local community. The project includes the construction of a new hospital with improved equipment and facilities including a 24/7 emergency department, diagnostic imaging, inpatient beds, and dialysis services. Our new hospital was designed with the County’s spirit at heart and will have patient-centred design and technology, state-of-the-art infection control and ventilation, wider halls for modern medical equipment and larger more flexible rooms. 

Response from local partners:

With Infrastructure Ontario releasing this RFP today, we are incredibly close to seeing shovels in the ground to build a state-of-the-art, full-service hospital in Prince Edward County. One of the four qualified bidders will emerge to start construction as early as next year.   I’ve been fully committed to this project throughout my 12 years at Queen’s Park, and I’m pleased to see that with Quinte Health’s leadership, our government’s unwavering support, and the enthusiastic participation of this community, this dream will be realized.  This beautiful new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital will provide high-quality care in The County for generations to come.  Please join us all in backing the build! – Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte

As we mark this important advancement, I want to acknowledge the remarkable amount of effort and support it has taken to get us here.  A project of this magnitude takes an extraordinary amount of work, vision, time, and perseverance. I am inspired by the many citizens and community leaders who championed this project from the outset and by the long history of collaboration and the unwavering, steadfast commitment shown by our partners – the PECMH Foundation, the Prince Edward County (PEC) Family Health Team, the Municipality of PEC, and the PECMH Auxiliary.   I am immensely grateful for the support of the provincial government, particularly our local MPP Todd Smith, in addition to the support and guidance of the Ministry of Health and IO.  The community’s continued support and generosity has been instrumental in making the new hospital a reality.  I also want to express thanks to the many members of the Quinte Health team involved in the planning and moving this essential project forward to ensure care close to home for generations to come. – Stacey Daub, President and CEO, Quinte Health

The release of the Request for Proposals is a testament to the progress that is being achieved—thanks to the hard work of so many people—toward the goal of a new hospital in Prince Edward County (PEC).  Because of our donors, volunteers, and strong partnerships with Quinte Health, Infrastructure Ontario, the Municipality of PEC and the Ministry of Health, we are well-positioned to build a hospital we never imagined possible.  This new hospital will touch the lives of everyone living in or visiting The County, and we hope that everyone will feel they had a part in making this hospital a reality. While the planning partners are working hard to ensure the project remains on schedule, the PEC Memorial Hospital Foundation continues our job of raising the required funds to ensure the community’s share of the cost is in place.  If you would like to know more about how you can be a part of this next chapter in our County’s history, please contact the PECM Hospital Foundation team. We are grateful for all the support for the Back the Build campaign from every corner of our County, and I look forward to being here to celebrate with donors, old and new, as shovels go into the ground next year.   — Barbara McConnell, PECMH Foundation Board Chairperson

This is such exciting news that we are one step closer to achieving the dream of a brand-new hospital for our community, after decades of hard work, planning and community support. There is a lot to celebrate, but today we celebrate this milestone and the many individuals that have worked so diligently over the last several years to bring this dream to life. Prince Edward County is growing, and the health care needs of our community are changing.  To have a state-of-the-art facility means that we will have a new, fresh, and innovative space to address the needs and health care challenges of our vibrant community. PECMH has been a critical and pivotal resource, a lifeline to many and this new build will further strengthen that and allow our system to continue delivering exceptional care, close to home. – Dr. Sarah Le Blanc, Board President, Prince Edward Family Health Team

The new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital is another step closer to reality today, and we couldn’t be more excited. The new hospital is a long overdue, and the steady progress toward getting shovels in the ground next year is impressive.  We commend the entire team of partners for their dedication to moving this project forward. We also want to thank MPP Todd Smith for his continued advocacy and the many individuals, families and businesses that have ‘backed the build’.  We encourage everyone to keep up the great work on developing the hospital of the future for Prince Edward County.  — Steve Ferguson, Mayor, PEC

The PECMH Auxiliary is thrilled to continue supporting such an important initiative in the building of a new hospital for our community. It is exciting to see this project continue to move forward and is required to ensure health care not only for us, but for our children and grandchildren. The outstanding service that is provided in our current hospital will only grow stronger with a facility that supports future technology and innovation. Investing in this project provides much needed resources for the medical personnel who work so hard every day to take care of our daily health needs.  – Susan Quaiff, President, PECMHA

Provincial Quotes:

Our government is continuing getting shovels in the ground for over 50 hospital development projects across the province, adding an additional 3,000 beds to our hospitals over the next ten years. This is a significant next step in building the new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, ensuring patients in the community can continue to connect to world-class care, close to home, for years to come. – Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health

Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone in our commitment to deliver infrastructure that supports reliable, high-quality care that the patients and families of Prince Edward County need. I’m proud to be part of the government’s plan that will lead to the creation of over $48 billion in health infrastructure over the next ten years as we build a modern and connected healthcare system centred around the needs of the people of Ontario.  – Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure

This key milestone brings us another step closer to delivering the new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, a leading-edge and sustainable health care facility that will meet the current and future capacity needs of the local community. Infrastructure Ontario is pleased to be a part of building community health care in Prince Edward County, and this project is a great example of how P3 models can create partnerships that ultimately bring vital health care infrastructure to life.  – Michael Lindsay, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario