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Med centre expansion set for October

Monte Sonnenberg

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Some re-arranging will be required at the Delhi Community Health Centre now that work is ready to begin on a 7,700-square-feet expansion. That includes the relocation of this sign at the north entrance. Looking forward to getting the improvement underway, from left, are Linda Vanlondersele, the centre’s executive director, and Dale Corner, chair of the medical centre board of directors. (MONTE SONNENBERG Simcoe Reformer)

Some re-arranging will be required at the Delhi Community Health Centre now that work is ready to begin on a 7,700-square-feet expansion. That includes the relocation of this sign at the north entrance. Looking forward to getting the improvement underway, from left, are Linda Vanlondersele, the centre’s executive director, and Dale Corner, chair of the medical centre board of directors. (MONTE SONNENBERG Simcoe Reformer)

DELHI - 

 The Delhi Community Health Centre promises to be much busier than usual come October.

 

That’s when construction will begin on the centre’s $3-million expansion.

If everything goes according to plan, the 7,700-square-foot expansion will be ready to welcome new physicians and other health-care professionals in September of 2017. Recruitment is underway. If all goes well, another three physicians will join the nine who already call the medical centre home.

“The health centre provides all the infrastructure physicians need,” Dale Corner, chair of the medical centre board of directors, said on Thursday. “All the administrative duties are done for them by somebody else. They’re allowed to focus on medicine. That’s what’s attractive to them.”

A key piece of the puzzle fell into place in recent days with completion of a $280,000 parking lot on the south side of the medical centre. Part of the parking lot occupies the space on King Street that used to house a billiards hall. The lot has parking for about 20 vehicles.

The addition will run in an east-west direction, backing onto Talbot Road. It will stand two storeys tall with a finished basement. As well as creating room for new doctors, it will create additional space for lab and diagnostic services.

The addition will be named The Archie & Irene Verspeeten Family Wing in recognition of the fact that the Verspeeten family, which made its fortune in truck transport, has donated $1 million to the project.

To date, the med centre expansion fundraising campaign has confirmed $1.5 million in donations and pledges. That’s enough to get the next phase of the project underway.

“The parking lot is done and we’re ready to move on to the new building,” Linda Vanlondersele, executive director of the medical centre, said. “We appreciate the community’s support and we hope they continue to support our efforts.”

The medical centre is located in Delhi but has a wide reach across Norfolk County and beyond. The centre has become a focal point for front-line physician services in this part of south-central Ontario.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com