Four local hospitals will be receiving funding for “urgent” infrastructure improvements, repairs and maintenance costs. The provincial government announced the funding through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, which has allocated $175 million to 128 hospitals in 2019.
In the region, the Lake of the Woods District Hospital will see the largest investment – to the tune of $688,342. The Dryden Regional Health Centre will receive $80,000, while the Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre will receive $47,688, and the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital will see a $58,746 investment.
The funding will go towards addressing “urgent” issues in Ontario hospitals, including roof upgrades or replacements, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms, and back-up generators.
"The health and safety of patients and families is a priority for our government," said Christine Elliott, Ontario’s deputy premier and minister of health and long-term care.
"That's why we must make the necessary investments in our hospitals now, to ensure our providers have the facilities they need to continue to provide excellent quality care to patients. 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."
The provincial government says that they are moving quickly to address challenges facing Ontario’s health-care system, as they develop a long-term transformational strategy to end hallway health-care.
"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 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."
This announcement follows the the Dryden Regional Health Centre’s recent announcement of provincial funding to build a new hospice space, and the recent approval of the first phase of Kenora’s All Nations Hospital project.
For more information:
New hospice spaces coming to DRHC
First phase of All Nations Hospital approved