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Port Perry Hospital could reopen by September after 2017 fire

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Port Perry Hospital could reopen by September after 2017 fire
FILE PHOTO — The cause of a fire that broke out on the rooftop of Lakeridge Health Port Perry Hospital on Aug. 25, 2017 was determined to be a hot tar roofing process that was ignited by nearby insulation. The hospital was evacuated and is now closed and the estimated damages are in the range of $10 million. The hospital is slated to officially open back up to patients after Labour Day.

PORT PERRY, ONT. — Restoration efforts continue at Lakeridge Health Port Perry Hospital, with the corporation anticipating opening the doors to patients just after Labour Day.

This news comes after the hospital temporarily closed following a roof fire on Aug. 25, 2017 that caused $10 million in damages.

According to a news release, crews are working on a new boiler room, HVAC system and power plant and have been co-ordinating with a team at Lakeridge Health to pre-select and pre-order long delivery items such as generators.

Based on the project plan, construction and restoration of the building is scheduled to be complete the first week of July with the first patients receiving care the week of Sept. 3 to 8.

It is expected to take eight weeks for the Lakeridge Health team to prep the building, do a terminal clean and sterilize all clinical areas, restock hospital inventory and move in, test and recertify all medical equipment, the release reads.

“Although it is good to have a clear timeline for reopening, there is much work to do over the next number of months,” said Matthew Anderson, Lakeridge Health president and CEO, in a statement.

“While we work to reopen Port Perry Hospital as soon as possible, this also gives us the opportunity to do some additional upgrades during the temporary closure which will enhance the patient experience and make the hospital a more modern health care facility. None of these improvements will impact our reopening date.”

After the fire it was determined that a multitude of building systems all sustained significant damage, which has left the hospital closed to the public.

Township of Scugog Fire Chief Mark Berney previously stated the cause of the fire was a hot tar roofing application process that ignited nearby insulation as renovations were being conducted to the roof of the hospital.

The Ministry of Labour was called in to investigate.

The hospital was evacuated shortly after the fire was discovered. Staff and patients have been relocated to nearby hospitals and facilities in Durham Region.

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