A bigger and better hospital for Vaudreuil-Soulanges in 2026
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
(Left to right) Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois, Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols and Health Minister Gaétan Barrette behind Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at the microphone met residents this afternoon to announce the expansion of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital project.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard announced the construction of a 404-bed hospital for Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents that will break ground in 2022 with a projected completion date in 2026. Québec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, MNA for Soulanges Lucie Charlebois and MNA for Vaudreuil Marie-Claude Nichols accompanied the premier for a press conference held on Thursday March 22 at the CLSC Vaudreuil-Soulanges in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
“We are announcing today, a hospital that is double the size of the one initially planned, “ said Couillard of the structure that was first promised by the Liberals in 2010. When the site was finally named near the junctions of Highway 30 and Highway 40 and Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, the original concept was a hospital of 200 beds but that changed as studies of the needs of the area were completed said Couillard.
The fact that Vaudreuil-Soulanges is experiencing a population explosion was a deciding factor in the change of plans. He noted that developing a hospital is a very complex project involving changes to infrastructure, road networks, and other services.
“I don’t think that people in this area would be very happy if we announced a 200 bed hospital now and in three or four years came back and said we were wrong, we need to double the size of the hospital. Proper planning is key,” Couillard added. The cost of the project is now pegged at $1.5 billion and will appear in the upcoming provincial budget according to the premier.
“We are planning this hospital to have 2000 births per year with all the appropriate services,” said Barrette when asked about the type of services the facility would provide. Of the 404 beds, 217 will be dedicated to general medical treatment, 94 to surgery, 24 to pediatrics, 25 to obstetrics and 44 to psychiatry.
“The focus of the hospital will be widespread,” said Barrette describing it, as an up-to-date modern facility capable of meeting the current and future needs of the area. Using oncology as an example, the Health Minister described how various treatments happen on an outpatient basis where the individual would come to the hospital for treatment and return home. Of the 10 operating rooms, two would be dedicated to obstetrics.
“We had a very detailed study on which we based our decision,” said Barrette. “The services will be available in English as they are everywhere in the province,” he added.
Continuing infrastructure plans
It was an emotional moment for MNA Lucie Charlebois who pointed out the importance of the project for everyone in the region. “We are working with Vaudreuil-Dorion on planning the infrastructure needs for the hospital such as potable water and wastewater,” said Charlebois. “We have done a lot of work already, and there is a more that has to be done before the hospital is built.”
Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols acknowledged citizens of Vaudreuil-Soulanges have been impatient for the construction of the new hospital. “I told the premier I had butterflies in my stomach earlier’” said Nichols regarding the announcement. She described how she has worked on this project first Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot mayor, as Prefect for the MRC-Vaudreuil-Soulanges and now as Member of the National Assembly. “Collaboration is important and we have all been working together,” said Nichols as she thanked everyone for their participation.
“That has to be closed by June 30 of this year,” said Barrette when asked how soon expropriation of the land designated for the hospital would take place. “We will pass a decree if necessary,” he said confirming that there was more than enough space for the larger facility.