Kenora MP Bob Nault says that the eventual replacement of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital – the All Nations Hospital – will not only benefit Kenora residents, but northwestern Ontario as a whole.
“This is all about the north, and the north’s health-care. The development of the north relates to our abilities to delivery health-care. In the north, we have unique challenges. This is an opportunity for the region to talk about how we create a hub for better health-care for all residents. The federal government is very much at the table.”
The All Nations Hospital project aims to ensure that Kenora and the First Nations communities in the region have better access to health-care, using new technologies and cultural sensitivity.
The hospital will follow a similar model to that of the Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout, such as using traditional and modern medicines and practices, as well as involving community partners and First Nation representation on their board.
The first phase of planning for the new facility was approved by the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-term Care last month. The planning phase is expected to take up to two years, and the hospital will take at least six years to build, if all project phases receive provincial approval.
“I want to congratulate the Ford government for agreeing to continue with the first phase of planning, as was the commitment by the previous provincial government,” Nault added.
Nault added that he hopes to see the federal government invited to the provincial government’s capital table to talk about resources and budgets for the All Nations Hospital. Kenora Rainy-River MPP Greg Rickford called for federal support on the project late last month.
“The federal government’s involvement will be to represent the interests of First Nations at the table. We have had meetings with key players from the district, the Ministry of Health, First Nation organizations and the First Nations themselves to talk about how we move forward to develop an All Nations hospital,” Nault concluded.
The All Nations hospital currently does not have an approved location. Hospital President and CEO Ray Racette says that the planning committee will look at creating a completely new addition that will be connected to the existing hospital, as there are advantages to keep the existing site, but staff will also look at building the hospital in a brand new location.
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