The top asked questions about Bowmanville Hospital Foundation & our campaigns
The We Care, We Can Campaign is the largest fundraising initiative in our history and focuses on encouraging the local community and businesses to help contribute to the expansion and redevelopment of Lakeridge Health’s Bowmanville Hospital.
|The goal of the We Care, We Can campaign is to raise the required community share for the expansion and redevelopment of the Bowmanville Hospital. The provincial government will provide 90% of the capital costs, leaving the remaining 10% and all the equipment costs to be covered by the community.
Although we have not yet seen the full impact of COVID-19, labour shortages and supply chain concerns, to date the estimated costs of the expansion, redevelopment and equipment is estimated to be between $525 and 540 million. The Campaign amount is consistent with the approximate 15% of total hospital development costs experienced by other recent hospital developments across the province.
|We are expanding and redeveloping the Bowmanville Hospital because the outdated facilities pose physical challenges that limit our ability to reduce wait times and improve the efficiency of each patient’s visit. The expansion and redevelopment will also help to attract more physicians and family practitioners to the area to provide additional care to the community.
The hospital has not had any major upgrades to its facility in the past 30 years; our North Wing is approaching 70 years of age, and it is ill equipped to handle the volume of patients it receives. Currently, the Emergency Department is designed to accommodate half of the patients it serves annually; however, with the redevelopment, it will be double in size and provide a well-equipped facility to help each patient live their best health.
Additionally, the hospital does not have the room to house a suitably sized inpatient unit and the permanent helipad on site has been decommissioned for safety reasons. These are both vital additions within the future expansion and redevelopment plans.
|The enhanced hospital will reflect the very latest in contemporary hospital design, including larger, multipurpose surgical spaces, a new Emergency Department to address the increasing demand pressure today over the next 20 years and to provide more treatment spaces that will help to reduce wait times. There are also plans for an updated Diabetes/Nephrology Department and ambulatory care space, as well as a parking garage and an onsite helipad.|
|The expansion and redevelopment will include two new surgical suites bringing the hospital’s total amount to four, all of which will offer 21st century care and be equipped with the most advanced surgical technology. New laboratory and pharmacy spaces will also be included to encourage a smoother workflow and quicker turnaround time to help improve efficiency and convenience for patients.
Patients will also have access to private rooms, warm and welcoming gathering areas for families and, through a greater attention to modular design, spaces that can be easily modified in the years to come to accommodate the changing needs of the community and our patient population.
The hospital will increase the number of beds from 78 to a final built capacity of 179 beds, and in accordance with ministry guidelines, private patient rooms will also be featured within the redeveloped hospital.
|We understand that the Emergency Department (ED) plays a vital role in supporting community members during a crisis and its importance connecting patients to health-care staff.
During the expansion and redevelopment, the ED will remain open and upon completion, the new emergency entrance will be located off Queen Street.
The new Emergency Department (ED) will almost double the size of the current ED to address increasing pressures that it is and will be facing as our community continues to grow. This will include more triage and patient treatment areas, as well as specialty spaces to respond to changing patient profiles. The design and flow of the ED in relation to surgery and Diagnostic Imaging will ultimately reduce wait times and improve the efficiency of each patient’s experience.
We recognize that as the Clarington and surrounding community grows, there will be an increased demand for additional services, including birthing and pediatric care. The redeveloped hospital will include space that will accommodate these types of services as demand dictates need over time. Lakeridge Health does envision offering additional maternal clinics and assessments in the redeveloped hospital as part of its expanded service offerings.
Bowmanville Hospital will continue to be home to the Regional Eye Centre providing care to residents of the Municipality of Clarington, Durham and beyond!
There is a new and expanded dialysis area planned as part of the redevelopment project. We are in discussions with the Ministry of Health regarding the `opening day’ dialysis capacity and the space is designed to be easily expanded for the anticipated growth forecasted for this critical service.
As we are in the initial design stages, it is planned that the new development will allow for surface parking to accommodate approximately 50 vehicles and a multi-level parking structure designed to fit approximately 500 vehicles on site.
The expansion and redevelopment are expected to include a food court and public areas on the ground floor for visitors and staff to access during their time at Bowmanville Hospital.
Yes, this is a critical planning consideration, and we must keep operations in tact during the construction activities. The phasing of the construction will be further defined through the Design-Build-Finance RFP process but our expectation is that work on the new hospital will occur in what is now the parking lot and once that is completed, services and patients will move into the new building and allow for selected demolition and renovations to occur at the existing site. At this time, we are expecting construction activities to take 30-36 months.
The redevelopment and expansion of the hospital is estimated to cost approximately $500 million. The total equipment cost to support the new expansion are still being determined but are expected to be in the range of $25 to $40 million.
|The redevelopment and expansion of the Bowmanville Hospital will be completed through Ontario’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) model. We have been advised that the project will be a Design-Build-Finance model where a private sector consortium responds to a Lakeridge Health RFP to design and build the hospital project. The consortium also provides the financing for this construction and the financing costs are paid through contributions from the provincial government.
The provincial government will cover 90% of the capital costs leaving the Hospital and Foundation responsible for 10% of the capital cost and ALL of the equipment cost ($25-$30 million). Under the model, the Hospital and Foundation share is expected to be provided at Substantial Completion (similar to buying down a mortgage).
The community share is estimated to be between $85 and $95 million.
All donations received from the previous, “Touching Lives” campaign have been put into a building fund, which will be allocated to the expansion and redevelopment of the Bowmanville Hospital. The Foundation graciously thanks these contributors and will be recognizing those that did not wish to remain anonymous.
We are estimating to break ground in the spring of 2025 and our plan is to have 80% of the community share raised at that time.
|On March 11, 2022, the Government of Ontario announced that Lakeridge Health’s Bowmanville Hospital is moving to Stage 2 of its redevelopment and expansion plans.
Stage 2 is focused on the detailed operational requirements of each program within the redeveloped hospital site. This includes how each program and department (including our important Auxiliary and Foundation partners) are situated relative to each other to support efficient operations, patient flow and experience, the equipment requirements to support expected patient volumes and service offering, and preliminary design layouts that reflect those decisions. The outcome of Stage 2 is a Functional Plan that is endorsed by all stakeholders. The Functional Plan serves as the basis for Stage 3, which is defining the detailed specifications that are required by Lakeridge Health that will be tendered to the market.
Lakeridge Health Corporation is responsible for the expansion and redevelopment of the Lakeridge Health Bowmanville Hospital. There will be a comprehensive contractual agreement between Lakeridge Health and the private sector design-build consortium. Infrastructure Ontario will be deeply involved in facilitating the tendering and contractual processes.
In large part, COVID-19 delayed the progress of Bowmanville Hospital’s expansion and redevelopment plan by approximately two years. Originally planning to open its doors in 2025, the redevelopment and expansion is currently scheduled for completion in the summer of 2027.
The redeveloped Bowmanville Hospital will remain at its current address, 47 Liberty St S, Bowmanville ON, L1C 2N4.
Lambert House currently sits on the corner of Queen Street and Mabel Bruce Way/Lambert Street. To allow for the construction of the new hospital on the constrained site, it is expected that Lambert House will need to be relocated and brought back to site upon completion of construction activities. The details of how this will occur are under discussion.
Yes. Lakeridge Health will be implementing a Family Campaign to encourage physicians, nurses, and all staff members of the Bowmanville Hospital to become ambassadors of the hospital’s redevelopment.
Yes. All of the Foundations Board of Directors and committee volunteers have donated to the Campaign in some capacity. Through monthly giving, multi-year pledges, one-time gifts, and as ambassadors of the Foundation through volunteering their time and passion for the Foundation.
During the month of June 2022, the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation put together the We Care, We Can Awareness Month which encouraged local businesses to become an Ambassador of the Foundation and help to spread awareness in support of the redevelopment and expansion of Bowmanville Hospital. Additional ways small businesses can support the Campaign include third party events and sharing our updates on social media.
|Donations can be made through any of the following ways:
One Time Gifts
One time gift donations are a great option for those looking to begin their contribution journey or to simply donate once to the cause.
A monthly donation allows individuals to give a specified amount each month to the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation and can be changed anytime. This donation can be made by setting up automatic charges to your credit card or you can mail us a void cheque along with the information necessary on the Donation Form.
Hosting an Event
Hosting a fundraising event is a great way to bring community together and help spark conversation surrounding important topics such as the expansion and redevelopment of Bowmanville Hospital!
Bowmanville Hospital Foundation’s We Care, We Can Awareness Initiative held each year is a strong example of the success local businesses and individuals can have planning fundraising events in support of Bowmanville Hospital.
If you’re interested in holding a fundraising initiative on our behalf or being a part of the next, We Care, We Can Awareness Initiative, please contact the Foundation at 905-623-3331 x 21881 or email@example.com to learn more.
Gifts of publicly traded securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds)
This donation option is one of the most tax-efficient ways to give as you will not need to pay capital gains tax.
In Celebration, Memory or Honour
A pledge of a larger gift may be made and paid over time, allowing for a greater impact to patient care and services at the Bowmanville Hospital. The Foundation recognizes all pledged gifts of $1,000 or greater on the donor wall located in the main lobby of the Bowmanville Hospital.
|If interested, donations can be made by:
Phone: (905)-623-3331 x 21881
In person at 47 Liberty Street South, Bowmanville ON L1C 2N4. Inside of Bowmanville Hospitals main entrance, there is a donation box located in the lobby.
47 Liberty Street South
The Bowmanville Hospital Foundation offers naming opportunities during capital campaigns. Generally, capital gifts may be considered for a naming opportunity at the $25,000 level or higher; however, naming opportunities remain specific to each campaign and require approval from the Board of Directors and Lakeridge Health.
|It is with gratitude that we honour the generous contributions of our donors in the public spaces within Bowmanville Hospital (with the exception of those who wish to remain anonymous).
Our donor walls are just one of the ways we say thank you and encourage others to follow in your footsteps.
Other ways in which donors can be recognized is through various naming opportunities:
Functional Areas and other Small Areas
· $25k to below $100k – Patient Rooms/Conference Rooms
· $100k to below $250k – Common Area/Waiting Room
· $250k to below $500k – Suites (e.g., Birthing Suite)
· $500k to below $1M – High Traffic Areas (e.g., Nursing Station)
Larger Static Area/Assets
· $1M to below $5M – Service/Partial Floor
· $5M to below $10M – Floor
· $10M to below $15M – Tower or Wing
$15M+ – Negotiated Recognition
|Yes, all receipts will be issued as per CRA guidelines. By donating you may receive as much as 53% of the amount you donated back at tax-time.
E.g., For every $1,000 donated, approximately $361.38 will be returned to you. Please note that this calculation does not take into account all tax situations and is not applicable to corporations.