On Wednesday, November 7, Marianhill Board members, residents and staff were joined by MPP John Yakabuski and various local dignitaries to celebrate the announcement of a major redevelopment at one of Pembroke’s most established long-term care facilities.
CEO Linda Tracey noted Marianhill’s long and proud history of providing love and compassionate care in the Catholic tradition to older adults from across Renfrew County for over half a century. She then thanked the local MPP, who for several years has worked closely with the Marianhill Board of Directors and the previous government to facilitate this expansion.
Representing the Government of Ontario, Yakabuski referred to Premier Ford’s campaign promise to end hallway medicine by approving 6000 beds towards providing better access to long-term care across the province.
According to CEO Tracey, “Over the next few years, Marianhill’s Cecelia Street site will undergo a multi-million dollar redevelopment, which will allow us to provide vital and innovative long-term care close to family, friends and community — now and into the future.”
Growing from its present 131 long-term care beds to 160, while improving standards across the board, will be a collaborative process.
In addition to the Government’s announcement, the Marianhill Board of Directors has agreed to provide fifty percent of the beds as basic subsidized long-term care spaces.
The first phase of the project will focus on engaging all stakeholder groups via public consultation. Once input is gathered, strategic implementation plans and cost projections will be developed accordingly.
To ensure the success of this project, Marianhill will be launching a capital campaign to encourage financial support from partners and donors throughout the community.