HPHA and Revera Expanding Access to Long-Term Care
March 27, 2023
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) and Revera Canada are pleased to announce their intention to enter into a long-term Land-Lease Agreement that will allow Revera to build a new 128-bed Long-Term Care Home on the Stratford General Hospital property, on space currently occupied by the Avon Crest building. This transformative project is aligned with the primary accountability of the HPHA to provide local, high quality, accessible health care.
Revera was awarded licenses for additional beds from the Ontario Government for the expansion of its Hillside Manor Long-Term Care Home, which currently has 90 licensed beds, located west of Sebringville. After assessing various redevelopment options, Revera, in collaboration with HPHA, has determined that building the larger, state-of-the-art Hillside Manor in nearby Stratford is in the best interests of both current and future residents and staff.
“We simply do not have enough local Long-Term Care beds,” says Andrew Williams, HPHA President & CEO. “As a result, patients end up staying in hospital far too long waiting for the specialized Long-Term Care they actually need. This chronic situation leads to longer wait times for other patients requiring hospital services. Once all necessary government approvals are secured, our long-term land-lease agreement with Revera will contribute to the solution by creating increased local capacity. Moreover, it will improve hospital care by freeing up beds for those patients waiting for surgeries or requiring admission through our Emergency Department. Revera’s tangible, time-sensitive, funded proposal will allow our former Avon Crest site to be the setting for yet another century of health care.”
“With its proximity to the hospital and to local amenities, this is an ideal location to renew Hillside Manor to support the needs of current and future generations of local seniors,” says JP Cadeau, President Revera Canada. “The larger new home will not only provide a bright, welcoming, comfortable home for more local seniors in need of specialized long-term care, it will create new employment opportunities during its construction and once open. We’re proud of the legacy of compassionate care at Hillside Manor and excited to be getting closer to making the renewed home in Stratford a reality.”
To make way for the new long-term care home, Avon Crest, the original Stratford hospital which has been vacant since 2018, will be demolished. Locating the new Revera home on the Avon Crest site will, in turn, serve as a catalyst to redevelop the remaining available land. The HPHA will initially focus these discussions on increasing accessible housing options in hopes of complementing the City of Stratford’s efforts to address this important need.