Read through today’s press release from the County of Simcoe, where you will find updated information on the investments that the County of Simcoe is making in paramedic service, long-term care and Senior Services Adult Day Programs. These important initiatives will serve both Springwater and surrounding areas for many years to come and is a very important step in the County’s Strategic Asset Management plan.
As always, if you require further information, please feel free to contact me.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
County Expanding Paramedic and Seniors’ Services in Elmvale
Midhurst/July 19, 2018 – The County of Simcoe is investing in the development of a new facility in the
village of Elmvale that will house a Paramedic Services station and the Long Term Care and Seniors’
Services Adult Day Program Centre for the surrounding area.
“With an aging population and rising paramedic call volumes across the region, we continue to make
strategic investments which enable us to expand and enhance our services to meet the needs of our
residents and communities,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “This new dual use facility will serve
residents in Springwater, Wasaga Beach, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay for years to come and we thank
our partners at Springwater Township for working with us on this important venture.”
The County has acquired 191 Queen Street West in Elmvale. The facility will consist of a two bay
Paramedic Services station, allowing the County to expand services to the area and address increased
call volumes. The County has outgrown its current leased space at the Elmvale Fire Hall, which was
originally set up for a single paramedic response unit 12-hours per day and is now being used to house
a 24-hour, fully staffed paramedic transport unit. This space no longer meets the operational needs of
Paramedic Services and is anticipated to be used by Springwater Fire.
The Adult Day Program Centre will enable the County to expand its current program operating out of
leased space at the Manse of St-John’s United Church in Elmvale. The new space will allow for an
increase in capacity and reduce the existing waitlists for the program. The County’s Adult Day Program
operates in Penetanguishene and Elmvale and provides daytime respite, support, education and
activities for families and caregivers. Potential clients for the program are referred through a variety of
sources such as Community Care Access Centres, program clientele, physicians, friends and relatives.
Construction of the facility is anticipated to commence in late 2018, and be completed in mid-2019. The
estimated cost of constructing the facility is $3.9 million, inclusive of land acquisition and construction.
The investment aligns with the County’s Strategic Asset Management Plan to identify cost-efficient
projects that align with the County’s long term goals and objectives, including reducing leased/rented
spaces in an effort to manage and control long-term costs and provide flexibility to meet service
County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to
County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie
and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.
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Director, Corporate Communications
County of Simcoe
705-726-9300 ext. 1230
County of Simcoe
705-726-9300 ext. 1430