Last year was unique to say the least. But that didn’t stop us from making considerable progress toward rebuilding West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH).
We started 2020 by receiving Ministry approval to create our functional program for the new hospital, which maps out where the services in the hospital will be located, and submitted the plan to the Ministry in October for approval. Other highlights include hiring our architect team to manage this project to completion, getting our zoning application approved by the Town of Grimsby, and starting the process (called a Request for Qualifications or RFQ) to select a design-build team for the new hospital.
We couldn’t have done any of this without significant efforts from our dedicated hospital workforce, redevelopment team, partners and community.
As unprecedented as 2020 was, 2021 is looking to be the most pivotal year in WLMH’s history.
This month, we’re closing our RFQ for the design-build team. We’re also expecting approval from the Ministry on our Stage 2 planning package we submitted in October.
By March, we will be submitting our Stage 3 plan to the Ministry, which will include our vision for what the building and site will look like. We’ll also be looking to wrap up our evaluation of the RFQ for design-build teams and soon after will issue a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) to these parties. The RFP will close by the end of 2021 and we will then be able to select a team to bring the new WLMH to life.
It’s exciting to note that we’re less than 18 months away from breaking ground on the new WLMH. We’re also further down the road toward rebuilding the hospital than we’ve ever been before.
There’s a lot of work to do before we open the doors of the new hospital, but when we are done, the new WLMH will stand tall, and its rich history and tradition of providing exemplary care will carry on for decades to come.