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Construction begins on new Vaudreuil-Dorion super-clinic


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While the Vaudreuil-Soulanges population waits for the promised hospital, there’s good news that construction of the Clinique médicale des Trois-Lacs in Vaudreuil-Dorion is underway. The super-clinic will provide a wide range of services when it opens in fall 2018 including blood collection, radiography and ultrasound.

Work has started on the new super-clinic near the shopping mall that houses Vaudreuil-Dorion City Hall on 2555 Rue Dutrisac, Mayor Guy Pilon confirmed to The Journal on April 4. A mobile construction crane has been busy installing metal I-bar frames for the structure.

The construction is welcome news to Pilon. “It will be open year-round – 12 hours a day, seven days a week. People with non-emergency issues will be able to walk in and see a doctor the same day. It will change the way health care services are provided in our region. They will provide an expanded range of services including radiology and ultrasound,” he said.

It will also help to ease congestion at the two main provincial hospitals that serve the region – Hôpital-du-Suroît in Salaberry-de-Valley and Lakeshore General Hospital in Pointe-Claire, said Pilon.

Possible dialysis service

With the proposed opening date of the new Vaudreuil-Soulanges Hospital set for 2026, Pilon is trying to get the province to consider providing dialysis services at the new super-clinic.

“We asked the province for some specific help for our region so that people don’t have to go to Montreal every two or three days for this service. If we’re able to provide dialysis at the new clinic, it will be better for everyone,” said Pilon. The super-clinic is scheduled to open this fall.

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.

Emergency intermediary

Municipal council also adopted a resolution during the Tuesday evening meeting on April 3 asking the provincial Ministry of Public Security to allow the city to be the official intermediary between the province and citizens during emergency situations.

This would allow the city to provide emergency financial assistance to citizens who are affected by unforeseen circumstances, such as the unprecedented flooding in the municipality last spring. It would also apply to other catastrophic weather events, and include non-weather emergencies such as a train derailment.

The flood last spring highlighted drawbacks to the current system where residents had to fill out and submit complex forms to the provincial government before they received any financial assistance. The city was unable to provide financial aid in the interim because it contravenes provincial regulations, said Pilon.

Earlier financial assistance

“Last year at this time, we lived through a bad situation with the flood. People had to fill in forms and complete paperwork with professionals. It was very hard for them. We want to be able to give citizens the financial assistance they need at the time before the paperwork is completed,” said Pilon.

“It’s a very complicated process. Even for us, we received papers from our citizens and it took a technician, an engineer, a lawyer and a notary to fill it out right. Sometimes, after many weeks, a citizen would receive a letter from the government saying they didn’t fill something out properly and asking them to do it again,” added Pilon.

The city’s proposal, which is also being adopted by the Municipalité Régionale Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, would allow 23 municipalities to provide the financial aid citizens need early in an emergency if the province approves the measure. Municipalities will take care of all the paperwork and will be reimbursed by the province directly.

“The good news is they didn’t say no,” said Pilon. “They are ready to sit with us and to look at the by-law.”

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