uleomh · 2021-01-27

Developers give RVH land for Innisfil satellite

It’s official and they’ve signed on the dotted line.

Royal Victoria Hospital now holds title to 50 acres of prime Innisfil agricultural land to some day be used for a satellite health facility.

Developers Mario Cortellucci and David Braley of the Cortel Group were joined by Innisfil politicians, County warden Tony Guergis, Barrie Mayor Dave Aspden, RVH president and CEO Janice Skot and assorted other dignitaries at a ceremony Friday morning on Innisfil’s 6th Line, just west of Yonge Street.

The land is part of a105-acre parcel the Cortel Group is giving away for the proposed health care centre, health sciences facility and a centre for excellence to study water purification.

“It may be a chilly day, but the announcement warms our hearts. This gift of land demonstrates not just outstanding philanthropy, but also a tremendous vision, not just for Innisfil, but the region,” said Skot. “Securing land for additional health care services in the southern area of Simcoe County has been part of the hospital’s strategic plan for many years. In planning for health care, we must plan more than five years into the future.”

RVH has already embarked on a massive Phase1 expansion that will double the existing hospital’s size by 2011. However, as the region’s population grows, the larger hospital is expected to be operating at full capacity by the time the project is complete.

“By 2011, we will have exhausted all the land at the Georgian site,” Skot said.

Braley said the Cortel group hopes the hospital satellite will be built on the site within the next eight to 12 years.

“The gift of land is the best investment we can make. Our dream is that Innisfil residents will be able to access health care close to home, when they need it,” Braley said.

According to Town CAO Larry Allison, the proposal is doable.

“The site is on a potential servicing corridor,” said Allison. “It sits between the lakeshore facilities and the Hwy. 400 employment corridor. As we advance the final approvals for the employment lands, the land becomes viable from a servicing perspective. It’s congruent with the Town’s number one priority of creating employment lands along Hwy. 400.”

Innisfil Mayor Brian Jackson said he was aware the hospital has been seeking additional property for several years.

“We met with Janice Skot last year,” he said. “She met with the Cortel Group and there’s been ongoing discussions. Obviously, we’re very excited Innisfil would be considered for a hospital site. It’s long range planning but councils have always looked at building a sustainable community.”

“The donation of land is an amazing gift,” said RVH chairperson Steve Blanchet, “which will allow the hospital to pursue its strategic plan, that identifies the need for a secondary site south of Barrie.”

For Simcoe County Warden Tony Guergis, “the County of Simcoe is all about partnerships. This is exciting for all of us. We are fortunate to have developers who can see the future.”