The project to redevelop Kenora’s hospital may have seemed quiet in the public eye throughout the summer, however, the project has progressed significantly. In April of this year, Stage One was completed by submitting an extremely thorough master programming proposal including site and space analysis to the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Health (the project’s major funder). This detailed document was a result of much work over the past 18-months by the Project Planning Team, Community Steering Committee, Consultants and was informed with feedback from our communities, our staff and our partners through an extensive first round of engagement.
May to September has had the Planning Team in discussions with the Ministry of Health surrounding details of the Stage One proposal. These discussions have been tremendously positive and approval for the next stage is anticipated in the very near future, with Stage Two beginning this fall. While capital projects such as this are funded through the Ministry, operating funding for public hospitals in Ontario is received through Ontario Health North (formerly the LHIN – Local Health Integrated Network). In order for the Ministry to support this project, Ontario Health North would first need to review the Stage One proposal and indicate support for the programs and services proposed. We are extremely pleased to share that a letter of support for the project was recently received from this body.
The Planning Team was advised by the Province to keep details of the proposal, including recommended location confidential until discussions on Stage One have been completed. In the upcoming next stage, a second round of engagement will launch and the team of Community Project Planners (Kathy Kishiqueb, Kenora Chiefs Advisory and Charlene Kissick, Lake of the Woods District Hospital) will begin sharing greater details of the proposal publicly as the community’s support will be critical in moving forward. Proposed is a new hospital designed to meet modern hospital standards, both in service delivery, staff, and patient/family needs, as well as space requirements to achieve these standards. Bed requirements for most programs remain the same but there are an increased number of beds proposed for Mental Health & Addictions to address service gaps experienced in the region. Key service delivery model themes identified in the proposal include accessibility, functionality, efficiency, blending of Western Medicine and Traditional Healing on a new campus, and building strong partnerships for service coordination with other providers across the continuum of care.
The Steering Committee would like to acknowledge the contributions and leadership of Chief Marilyn Sinclair over the last two years, who participated on the Steering Committee as Vice Chair while serving as chief of her community. We now welcome Chief Vernon Copenace to the Vice-Chair position as he assumes his role as chief of Washagamis Bay.
The partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities is invaluable as this project moves forward, not only towards building a new hospital but also in building relationships, trust and moving reconciliation forward in our territory.
For more information on the redevelopment of Lake of the Woods District Hospital / All Nations Hospital Project, visit https://anh.lwdh.on.ca
Aakozii-agamig gadaziigamowad gebi niibin odonokiidanawaa. Bizhig enagonigewin ongizhiidonaawaa. Bizindawaawag Anishinaabeg, ga-onogiiwad, ga-wiidanogiimaawad geye.
Ganiiganiiziwad ominwendanaawaa izhiinagok owe enagonigewad, gadaziigamowad aakozi-agamig. Miigo ani-dagwaagiin magi-kiigaadeg niizho enagonigewin.
Gadaziigomowad aakozi-agamig dawiindamagewag azhinagok gakinagego.
Kathy Kishiqueb (KCA), Charlene Kissick (LWDH) wiinaawaa danwiindamagewag.
Anishinaabe nadawe’igewin imaa geye dagoba’ige.
Miigwech inigaaso ogimakaan, Marilyn Sinclair giwiisooka’ige nizho baboon. Miigwech inigaaso ogimakaan, Vernon Copenace wiidam imaa namadabi.
Miigo owe izhi-kiinwaabagegadeg gakina-awiiya gi-mino-wiijiindewad ga-aanokiidamowad aakozi-agamig midaash geshi minosig gakinagego.
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The All Nations Hospital Project is a community project, focused not only on creating an inclusive, efficient facility staffed by compassionate and caring individuals but also on building relationships to strengthen our community. Mamoo’kandaa oshi aakoziiwigamig. Working together for our new hospital.
Community Project Planner, All Nations Hospital Project
VP Corporate Services & CFO / Executive Project Sponsor
Lake of the Woods District Hospital
(807) 468-9861, ext: 2265