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Vaudreuil-Dorion super-clinic will open in 2018


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Following Health Minister Gaétan Barrette’s April 2016 pledge to build 50 super-clinics across the province, a two-storey super-clinic will be built at 2555 rue Dutrisac in Vaudreuil-Dorion and open in fall 2018.

A super-clinic will be built on the site of a mall at 2555 Rue Dutrisac that currently houses the Vaudreuil-Dorion city hall, Mayor Guy Pilon told Your Local Journal on Tuesday, November 14.

The new two-storey Centre medical des Trois-Lacs is scheduled to open in fall 2018. It will provide a wide range of services and be accessible to all Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents. The agreement to proceed with the project was made about one month ago during the municipal election campaign, Pilon said.

Year-round medical service

The super-clinic will be open all year – 12 hours a day, seven days a week. People will be able to walk in and see a doctor the same day. Many services will be offered including x-rays and ultrasound. “It will change the way health care services are provided in our region,” said Pilon.

Non-emergency cases will be treated at the super-clinic. This will help to ease the strain on the region’s two main hospitals – Hôpital-du-Suroît in Salaberry-de-Valley and Lakeshore General Hospital in Pointe-Claire, said Pilon.

Awaiting super-clinic approval

A portion of the west section of the mall that is empty will be reconverted to accommodate the new medical centre. Pilon welcomed the news. “I’m very happy,” he said. “I’ve worked with the doctors for one year. They wanted to find a place where they could set up their clinics.

“There’s a group that bought the entire building including the city hall for $5.7 million. The agreement to go ahead with the project was signed recently. Now they’re just waiting for approval from the Ministry of Health to become one of the super-clinics,” said Pilon.

Provincial Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announced a plan in April 2016 to build 50 super clinics throughout Quebec to help ease overcrowding and waiting times at hospital emergency rooms.

Maintenance contract renewal

Also at the meeting, city council announced the renewal of a contract of just over $180,000 in 2018 to continue using the services of Placement Potentiel for the cleaning and maintenance of their municipal buildings with an option to renew the contract each year for the next four years.

Pilon said the renewal was based on the excellent performance of the team which is comprised of adults with mild disabilities. “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished because we’re helping these people. They’re wonderful. I see them almost every night at our city hall. They are very sweet persons, very polite. We have a great relation with the company and we will continue to use their services,” he said.

Steady employment opportunity

The renewal also shows the city’s commitment to helping people who otherwise might have difficulty finding work. “We’re proud to be the first (off-island) city to do this. I told the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges about them and they signed a contract with the company to clean their building on Harwood Boulevard,” said Pilon

Placement Potentiel is a not-for-profit adapted enterprise based in Pointe-Claire that specializes in finding suitable and sustainable employment opportunities for productive persons with mild disabilities.

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