May 10, 2016

Construction Set to Begin on Headwaters Expansion and Renovation

New 8,700 square foot extension to transform the hospital, provide expanded access to health care services
May 10, 2016, ORANGEVILLE – Construction is set to begin this month on Headwaters Health Care Centre’s (Headwaters) transformative expansion and renovation project, signaling a significant step forward in increasing access to important health care services for the growing community.
The addition of the new space is the first major expansion of the hospital since it opened at its current location in 1997. A new, 8,700 square foot extension will be home to much-needed clinics, services and programs like chemotherapy, minor procedures, orthopaedics and telemedicine. Headwaters is also taking on an exciting renovation of existing hospital space to add another operating room, improve reception and expand pre- and post-surgical recovery areas.
“This is an exciting time for the hospital, and for the community,” said Rob Hamilton, Chair, Headwaters Board of Directors. “With this important project underway, we will be able to deliver on our Vision of an Exceptional Experience Every Time and provide greater access to the programs and services – like cancer care and day surgery – that are needed most by patients and families.”
Following a highly competitive bid process, Headwaters selected Merit Contractors Niagara as the successful contractor for the expansion and redevelopment project. Merit has over 30 years of experience and expertise in managing a full range of commercial, industrial and institutional building projects, including the development of health care centres across Ontario.
“This achievement has only been made possible through the extraordinary support from our community and generous donors, a strong commitment from our government partners, and the dedication of Headwaters’ staff, physicians and volunteers,” said Liz Ruegg, Headwaters President and CEO. “Our renovation and expansion of key programs and services will enable us to continue to provide that patient-focused, exceptional experience close to home. This is outstanding news for our community.”
A formal ground-breaking ceremony will be held at Headwaters Health Care Centre on Thursday, May 26 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Parking changes to come as a result of redevelopment
Headwaters Health Care Centre is approaching a major redevelopment milestone – the start of construction for the new addition. To help prepare the designated site, Dialysis Patient Parking will be transferred to the main visitor’s parking lot. The current short term ambulatory care parking area that includes Dialysis Patient parking will be permanently closed as of this date, and will become the site of our new addition.
Permanent closure of this area begins: Monday, May 16, 5:00am
To help patients and visitors easily navigate the lot, minimize disruption and to ensure the safe flow of traffic, directional signage will be provided by the contractor and will be put in place starting Sunday, May 15 at 5:00pm. Included below is a diagram to help illustrate the location of the addition, and the six parking spaces (four dialysis, two accessible) that will be relocated.
When possible, clinicians and staff are urged to notify any affected patients prior to this date. 
Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to transform Headwaters Health Care Centre.