By Amy Woolvett
Key players in charge of coordinating the renovations of the Shelburne Medical Clinic are now sitting down to meet on a weekly basis.
The project has been going in circles over the past 18 months with time spent acquiring further funding seeing costs eventually driven up again.
Jodi Ybarra, director for Roseway Hospital, said that the clinic project has made some advances recently.
Since the original plan for the clinic was drawn up, the needs for the facility have changed. With a growing staff of service providers including additional nurse practitioners and the inclusion of the upcoming residency program, a rearranging of space was necessary.
“It may seem like a step backwards but it’s actually a step forward,” said Ybarra.
The new schematics have been brought to the architect for changes.
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Unfortunately, the change will cost.
“It is going to cost more,” she said. “We are trying to keep costs as reasonable as possible.”
She said the funding is what it is at this point and it they need to keep a tight lid on their budget for the project to move forward successfully.
A good portion of the funding is being provided locally with the Municipality of Shelburne and the Roseway Hospital Charitable Foundation making large contributions as well as with funding from the province.
“Time is crucial,” said Ybarra.
This year, there will be a medical resident arriving to complete their schooling in Shelburne as well as a new physician.
They will be placed in temporary offices until the clinic is complete.