Seneca Healthcare District’s Hospital Construction Resumes After Bird Delay


After a pause lasting several weeks in the Seneca Healthcare District’s new hospital build, progress has finally resumed. The construction site had to halt timber removal activities due to the discovery of a protected bird nesting high in the trees.

As of Wednesday, operations have recommenced, putting the project back on track. However, as a consequence of the delay, the project timeline has been pushed back; the hospital is now expected to welcome its first patients in the fall of 2026.

Following the completion of timber removal and necessary preparations, construction crews will return after the winter season in the spring of 2024 to commence ground-moving and site grading. Structures will be put in place by the summer, with the project’s completion scheduled for the fall of 2025, reflecting a total setback of six months.

In a lighthearted nod to the bird-related delay, CEO Shawn McKenzie has humorously stated that the cafe inside the new hospital will be named the Blue Heron Cafe.


Photo: Seneca Hospital