Update on Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital project
PHOTO COURTESY MARC DUPERRON
Following the announcement of the construction of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Hospital Centre, Ministers Gaétan Barrette, (in white) Lucie Charlebois, (in red) and Marie-Claude Nichols, (not pictured) Members of Parliament for Vaudreuil, met with stakeholders from the region to inform them of the progress of the construction project. At the end of the meeting, it was agreed another meeting would take place in about six months to ensure appropriate follow-up.
Minister Barrette said, "The steps leading to the construction of the hospital are progressing well and it was opportune to meet the citizens involved in the region to let them know. The future Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital is part of all our efforts to offer Quebeckers better access to quality emergency and specialized services in modern environments. "
"This project is a priority for citizens, and I want to thank all those involved for their collaboration and energy,” said Minister Charlebois. “The meeting allowed us to make progress and to identify the necessary preparatory work, in terms of infrastructure, in order to adequately accommodate the hospital. Ultimately, all of these steps will help us deliver a final project that meets the needs and expectations of residents.”
MP Marie-Claude Nichols added, "This is a promising project for our region. It is highly anticipated by the population. In fact, the future facility will offer a range of general and specialized services as required by the population pool to be served in a rapidly expanding territory. "
A public call for tenders was launched November 4. The firm selected at the end of this exercise will be responsible for the implementation of the clinical plan, which will determine the scope of the future hospital centre and its service offer, taking into account the needs of the population and the organization of the network of Health and Social Services clinics in this area.
A government decree was adopted March 16 authorizing the imposition of a reserve for the purpose of expropriating 250,000 square metres of land in the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion. The choice of location was determined in collaboration with stakeholders on the governmental side as well as with the participation of regional players, including the municipality of Vaudreuil-Dorion and the MRC.
An amount of $ 16 million was granted by the government in the last Quebec Infrastructure Plan (PQI), the tool for planning government investment in public infrastructure. The planned amount within the PQI will be used to determine the needs and services to be offered to the future hospital centre as well as western Montérégie, to carry out all the preliminary studies and to acquire the lots required for the construction of the hospital.