Local hospitals receive funding for upgrades

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker is pleased that local hospitals are receiving funding to upgrade their facilities.

Ontario’s Government for the People is prioritizing the health and safety of patients by taking immediate action and providing 128 hospitals across the province with funding to upgrade, repair and maintain their facilities.

The government recently announced funding through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS), which manages hospitals in Owen Sound, Meaford, Markdale, Lion’s Head, Southhampton and Wiarton received $2,091,491 and Hanover and District Hospital received $547,490.

     Maureen Solecki of GBHS accepted the funds from MPP Bill Walker

“It is important we make these necessary investments in our hospitals now, to ensure our providers have the facilities they need to continue to provide excellent care to patients in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound,” said MPP Walker. “This funding allows our hospitals to address urgent issue, including upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.”

“We are very grateful to the province for this important investment in our future. This is a critical source of funding which allows us to maintain and upgrade our buildings and ensure that the heat, lights and power stay on,” said GBHS Interim President and CEO Maureen Solecki. “With these infrastructure upgrades addressed; we can focus our attention on providing high quality care to our patients.”

“Hanover District Hospital is grateful to receive the Health Infrastructure Renewal Funds,” said hospital President and CEO Dana Howes. “With this funding we are able to implement a sprinkler system to enhance fire protection for patients and staff.”

The government is moving forward quickly to address challenges facing the health care system as it develops a long-term transformational health care strategy to end hallway health care. As this important work continues, this funding will help ensure hospitals across Ontario are able to make the needed upgrades, improvements and maintenance so patients and families have access to reliable, quality care they expect and deserve.

“Our government is investing in essential health care projects to ensure the people of Ontario will have health care services they can depend on now and for future generations,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Christine Elliott. “We will continue to listen to the patients and the people who plan and work on the frontlines. Together, we will create a health care system that works for the people of Ontario.”

Ontario is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to 128 hospitals this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

In 2018-2019, the government has invested an additional $90 million for 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and the community, including the creation of over 640 new beds and spaces.