Medical Centre start-up in Oct. confirmed

DSCF6230David Murphy of Port Dover assured the Board of Trade Annual General Meeting on March 6 that the group he chairs “is going to get you a new medical centre in Port Dover”.
Mr. Murphy said a Board of Directors has been formed and the group was recently incorporated.
He said the directors have been meeting since January to move the project forward but will remain unnamed until the April 10th public meeting to be held at Lighthouse Festival Theatre.
Mr. Murphy said the project will start by mid-October on the property next to the arena on St. George Street.
Les Anderson told the meeting that he became involved in securing a medical centre in this community after Walt Long convinced him that a medical centre “was the top priority” in Port Dover.
Mr. Anderson said his group is “building on the good work started in the past by Port Dover Lions Club and the Port Dover Health Care Initiative”. He noted, “things fell in place this time”.
Mr. Anderson said his group is planning on $2.5-million for construction of the new medical centre.
The centre will be 15,500 square feet with accommodation for eight physicians, a pharmacy, optometrist and other related services.
He said “the building won’t be fancy but serviceable for what we need.”
The medical centre will be wired to access information from specialists and send digital images anywhere in Canada and U.S.
The structure will be built to add a second floor if need be. “Board members have bought into a very aggressive plan to get a shovel in the ground by mid-October,” Les Anderson said.
He commended Norfolk Council for its support. The gathering on March 6 heard that fundraising would be needed for extras.
“We hope to have a good turn-out at fundraisers” including the upcoming ‘Jacob Moon’ event at Lighthouse Theatre on March 22. The fundraising concert features award winning singer/songwriter Jacob Moon at Lighthouse Theatre as part of his Fascination Tour and CD release. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased through Lighthouse Theatre at (519) 583-2221.

Photo: David Murphy and Les Anderson gave an update on the planned medical centre at the Board of Trade’s annual meeting.

Posted: March 14, 2014

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