Dignitaries, including Mayor Peckford and MPP Clark, meet for a funding announcement at the Kemptville District Hospital on December 9.

Local MPP Steve Clark made a brief visit to the Kemptville District Hospital on December 9 to make an anticipated funding announcement. MPP Clark announced that the Ontario government is investing $1,956,719 this year to support critical upgrades and repairs at hospitals and community health service providers in Leeds and Grenville. Also present at the Hospital for the announcement were Mayor Nancy Peckford, Hospital CEO Frank Vassallo, Brockville General Hospital Vice President Cameron McLennon, and Kerri Choffe, Executive Director of the Country Roads Community Health Centre. 

The atmosphere at the Hospital was positive during the announcement, though the weather was bitterly cold. The news was well received by the Hospital Board. Council had no questions for MPP Clark, and few people were in attendance as the event was open to media only. It is therefore difficult to predict how the funding announcement will be received by local residents. 

This funding is part of the government’s investment of over $182 million provided through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund and the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund to 131 hospitals and 65 community health service providers across the province. “Our government’s record investments in Ontario’s health-care system are helping to safeguard our hospitals and community health service providers for future generations,” said MPP Clark. “I know how important this funding is to residents of Leeds and Grenville, and I will continue to advocate for our community to get the support it needs and deserves.”

Of this investment, Kemptville District Hospital will receive $1,264,611, which will be used to replace the current aging boilers. This plan was inspired by a concern leveled prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, when MPP Clark was invited to take a tour of the boiler room system so he could bring the Hospital’s concerns to Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sylvia Jones. 

The existing boilers at Kemptville District Hospital.

Hospital CEO Frank Vassallo offered gratitude to the Minister of Health for the much needed funding. “These funds will enable KDH to continue to participate in a stronger and better-connected health care system that offers care closer to home,” said Frank. “I would also like to thank Steve Clark, MPP, for his unwavering support and advocacy on our behalf.” 

“This significant investment to Kemptville District Hospital will support crucial upgrades to its infrastructure,” said Mayor Peckford. “We appreciate Ministers Jones and Clark’s commitment to investing in our hospitals that support the region.”

Ontario is providing $175 million to hospitals across the province through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, and over $7.6 million to community health service providers through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund. This funding from the province allows its health care system partners to address urgent infrastructure renewal needs such as upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, security systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.

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