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Cassellholme expansion going to tender

'These long-term care beds are part of the government's commitment to create new capacity and update existing beds to modern standards'
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File photo by Jeff Turl.

A project at Cassellholme which was expected to be completed by the spring of 2020 is now going to tender.  

Today, Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing, announced that Cassellholme East Nipissing District Home for the Aged in North Bay is going to tender to build its new long-term care facility, upgrading the 240 existing beds to modern design standards, and adding 24 new long-term care beds.

“These long-term care beds are part of the government's commitment to create new capacity and update existing beds to modern standards,” said Fedeli in a release. 

See related: Cassellholme gets 24 long term beds; reconstruction gets green light

This project announced in a press event back in June of 2019, will include a 16-bed provincial Indigenous unit and two, 12-bed units dedicated to specialized dementia care. The new long-term care bed allocations in North Bay are part of the government’s commitment to add 15,000 long-term care beds in five years.

The new beds are expected to take the pressure off hospitals, allow doctors and nurses to work more efficiently, and provide better, faster health care for Ontario families and patients.

“We are pleased to see this significant next step in the process take place and we expect initial tender results to be submitted within the next two months,” said Coun. Chris Mayne, who chairs the Cassellholme Board of Management. "This represents one of the most significant development projects in our community over the next number of years."

“This project represents an important investment in our seniors — and seniors care,” added Cassellholme CEO Jamie Lowery. “We will be able to serve and be responsive to an even greater population through the addition of two specialized units.”

Redevelopment plans will include 24 beds designated for residents with dementia. Cassellholme will also be adding 16 beds to meet the needs of our First Nations people.

Cassellholme is a long-term care home that has been in operation since 1925. The existing building was officially opened in 1962, with several major renovations completed since then.