Bill Cooper Sr co-chairs $60-million drive to fund the new Oakville Hospital

Bill Cooper Sr., Cooper Construction LtdBill Cooper Sr.

As long-time corporate citizens and residents of Oakville, Cooper Construction and its people have a history of pro-active support for the life of their community—currently expressed in president Bill Cooper Sr’s role as co-chair of the major funding initiative for a new Oakville Hospital.

Mr. Cooper stated the issue clearly. “The need for the New Oakville Hospital becomes more apparent every day”, he said.  “The existing site and facility can no longer accommodate any expansion to best serve the growing population of our town. We’re in a period of renewal and planning for growth to meet our long term needs, and the new Oakville Hospital clearly signals our commitment to the community to provide the very best health care possible.”

It is nearly 60 years since a new 50-bed hospital was built on 9 acres of land to serve Oakville’s population of 17,000 people. Today, Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital is a busy acute-care community hospital, but during its lifetime of service the population of Oakville and the surrounding area has grown 10-fold.

Over the years, the hospital expanded to accommodate the rapidly increasing demand—each expansion providing more room, but also resulting in a fragmented structure with clinical services placed wherever space was available.

Now the OTMH can grow no further.  In order to respond to developments in medical practice and the community’s need for convenient, timely care, a larger and more modern facility is required.

The new hospital will be developed on a 50-acre green-field site at Third Line and Dundas Street, with construction scheduled to begin in 2011.

“Our new hospital will be more than double the size of the OTMH”, Mr. Cooper said. “It will have the latest technology and patient services, and I believe it will set the standard for healthcare services in a community hospital.

“I urge anyone interested in learning more, or contributing to the fund-raising effort, to contact Sheilaah Guthrie at the Oakville Hospital Foundation. The number is 905-845-2571, extension 6382.”

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