July 11, 2017
Ontario is continuing to strengthen and support hospitals in $175 million for repairs and upgrades to 131 hospitals this year, to provide patients with high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
Today, Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge, was at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, which will receive $978,068 this year to revitalize its facilities.
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. At Cambridge Memorial, money is allocated towards upgrading the firefighting sprinkler system.
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 improves 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.
“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
“The Ontario government is committed to a healthy Cambridge Memorial Hospital. I am pleased when I see construction cranes swing over the hospital as a $187 million expansion and renewal project continues. And in April, the hospital budget was increased nearly $1.8 million to help meet the growing health care needs of our community.”
— Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge
“Health care facilities are expensive to maintain. As buildings get older, there is pressure to keep them up-to-date, which leaves less for patient care. The Healthcare Infrastructure Renewal Fund provides hospitals with critical funding to help make these investments without taking away from patient services. This year’s grant will go to add a sprinkler system to the oldest part of our hospital and provide a much needed upgrade to our boilers, both of which are crucial to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our patients.”
— Patrick Gaskin, President and CEO
“Replacing and maintaining needed infrastructure is integral to delivering high-quality care to patients and a great patient experience. This Hospital Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) investment will ensure that the exceptional health facilities in Waterloo Wellington, such as Cambridge Memorial Hospital, continue to support staff and clinicians in providing the best possible care to local patients.”
— Bruce Lauckner, CEO of the Waterloo Wellington 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
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