For Immediate Release
July 11, 2017
Repairs and Upgrades Coming to Hospitals in Erie St. Clair this Year
Province Investing in Renewed Facilities to Deliver High-Quality Health Care
CHATHAM-KENT – Ontario is continuing to strengthen and support hospitals in Erie St. Clair with repairs and upgrades to local hospitals this year, to provide patients with high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
Funding from the province allows hospitals to make critical improvements to their facilities, including upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms, and back-up generators.
The 2017 balanced Budget includes a new $7-billion booster shot to health care, building on the commitment made in the 2016 Budget. This investment will improve access to care, expand mental health and addiction services, and enhance the experience and recovery of patients.
Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.
- The province is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to hospitals this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF)
- HIRF investments in local-area hospitals include:
- Bluewater Health: $1,209,226
- CKHA (Public General Hospital Society of Chatham): $643,722
- CKHA (Sydenham District Hospital): $1,883,930
- Erie Shores Healthcare (formerly Leamington District Memorial Hospital): $428,819
- Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare: $755,937
- Windsor Regional Hospital: $714,137
- HIRF was established in 1999 to assist hospitals in renewing their facilities
- As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion to support the construction of new hospital projects across the province. This brings Ontario's total planned investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years
- The government’s investment of more than $190 billion over the 13-year period starting in 2014–15 is the largest infrastructure investment in the province’s history. It is helping to build new child care spaces, schools, hospitals, public transit, highways, and roads
“These repairs and upgrades are crucial to ensuring all patients get the help they need now and in the future. By upgrading our hospitals’ infrastructure, we are helping Ontarians get the best health care close to home.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“These investments, intended to help improve local-area hospitals’ infrastructure, are great news for our region. Hospitals need to focus their attention on frontline care, but well maintained hospital facilities are also crucial for overall patient experience. These investments will help alleviate some of the ongoing pressures for our local-area hospitals.”
— Ralph Ganter, Chief Executive Officer, Erie St. Clair LHIN
“On behalf of Ontario hospitals, I'd like to thank the Ontario government for recognizing the need for this vital investment. Given the continued capacity pressure facing hospitals as a result of a growing and aging population, ongoing investment in equipment upgrades and building repairs is needed to extend the life of all hospital facilities to maintain access to frontline services.”
— Anthony Dale, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association
Read more about Erie St. Clair LHIN at www.eriestclairlhin.on.ca
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