Barrie’s RVH studying future expansion

BARRIE With all the hospital talk in Muskoka, a bigger health picture continues to emerge at Barrie’s growing health campus.

Three meetings planned in May.

Five years after Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) opened a $450 million expansion that doubled its size, the health centre has begun planning for a new future; a future which includes a south campus to meet healthcare needs in rapidly-growing south Barrie, Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Before expansion approvals are given, the provincial government requires hospitals to undertake comprehensive Master Programming and Master Planning. Those two planning studies will explore, in great detail, the services RVH should provide in the future, the preferred location and infrastructure planning. An important step in this process is public consultation and feedback, says an RVH release.

“Planning for an additional facility is a 10 to 20 year process,” says Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO. “To meet the healthcare needs of our region in the future, we must begin the planning now as good planning takes time. A key step in this process is to seek feedback from area residents as we Plan our future. Together.”

RVH invites residents to share their feedback by taking an online survey at Results of the survey will be posted on the website and further feedback and input can be provided at community open house sessions.

Community Listening Sessions – light refreshments provided; all are welcome to attend these interactive sessions:

May 1

Barrie – Painswick Library
48 Dean Avenue, Barrie
Massie Family Room

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.




May 15


Innsifil Public Library

967 Innisfil Beach Road, Innisfil

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


May 23


Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre

471 West Park Ave.

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.