Brock Community Health Centre is currently involved in an extensive capital project that will see construction of a 21,000-square-foot health care facility for the residents of Brock Township and surrounding areas. The new centre will be located at 39 Cameron St. W. in Cannington, the central core of Brock Township. The building will bring together the current programs provided by Brock CHC. In addition to the space assigned to clinical, educational, health promotion and community development functions, dedicated space will be available for programming associated with Brock CHC’s two priority populations: seniors and youth. The building will be readily accessible by pedestrian or vehicular traffic and will be close to Durham Transit. Brock CHC will continue to have a primary care presence in the Beaverton Thorah Health Centre.
In keeping with Brock CHC’s commitment to community partnership and service integrations, an agreement in principle has been reached with Community Care Durham to co-locate their Brock Township services in the new building. Brock CHC has also secured the commitment of the Region of Durham Oral Health Program and the Dental Hygiene of Durham College to both provide services in the dental suites that are being constructed.
There will also be office and program space available for other community agencies to deliver their services in collaboration with Brock CHC in the north of Durham. Various organizations have expressed interest in co-locating in a “community service hub-like” environment. Technology, such as Brock CHC’s Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) connection, will be fully utilized by all programs and professionals enabling ready access to specialists not normally available in our rural community.
The MOHLTC’s Capital Project Protocol
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) requires all health service organizations with capital projects in Ontario (e.g., a hospital, a home for the aged, a community health centre, etc.) to follow a comprehensive and detailed planning and implementation protocol. Each capital project must successfully complete the required steps and receive the necessary MOHLTC approvals as the project moves from the planning stages, to design, to construction, and to occupancy. In addition, the Central East Local Health Integration Network (CE LHIN) has an essential role in reviewing and approving the planning stages of all MOHLTC funded capital projects.
The basic steps in the MOHLTC capital planning process are as follows:
Pre-Capital: requiring justification for a project
Stage 1: requiring a detailed plan for review by the MOHLTC and the CE LHIN
Stage 2: requiring detailed functional programming, preliminary design, cost estimate
Stage 3: requiring block schematic design, design development, cost estimate
Stage 4: requiring working drawings, specifications, cost estimate, tender documents
Stage 5: requiring construction, commissioning, substantial performance, occupancy.
Brock CHC continues to work closely with the MOHLTC’s Health Capital Investment Branch and the CE LHIN on the capital project. We are currently waiting for approval of Stage 3.2 and anticipate construction of the new building to begin in Spring 2020, with occupancy in mid-2021.
Brock CHC Capital Campaign
While the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Health Capital Investment Branch is funding the majority of the building costs (estimated at $9.7 million dollars), Brock CHC is responsible for the non-shared costs of the project, currently estimated at $450,000. Brock Community Health Centre has secured The Regional Municipality of Durham’s support and financial contribution of 25 per cent of the community component of the capital project, approximately $100,000 towards Brock CHC’s capital project. Brock CHC has recently recruited the Capital Campaign Cabinet, a group of strong community leaders, who will be the driving force behind the fundraising efforts for the non-cost shared portion of the capital project.