Ontario is investing in the health and safety of patients and frontline staff by providing three local hospitals with over $2.9 million for urgent upgrades, repairs and maintenance, says Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark. The local funding is part of $175 million the province is providing through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) to assist 131 hospitals in maintaining their facilities.
MPP Clark made the announcement at Kemptville District Hospital , which is to receive $789,039 of the funds. Brockville General Hospital has been allocatted $1,888,529, and Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital gets $298,702.
“These are critical investments we’re making because they help ensure local patients can receive the quality care they expect and deserve in a safe and comfortable setting,” said Steve. “This funding also provides the dedicated nurses, doctors and other frontline staff with the well-maintained, modern facilities they need to continue delivering world-class care.”
He also noted that the HIRF investments will help hospitals address urgent issues, including upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
“KDH is very grateful for the Ministry of Health’s financial support in the rebuilding of our hospital infrastructure. I would also like to thank MPP Clark for his continued support of KDH in ensuring that we operate to the appropriate building code standards in providing high quality and safe health services to our communities,” said Frank Vassallo, CEO at KDH.
“The continued support we receive from the Ministry of Health is extremely important to KDH delivering a high standard of care to our community. The board recognizes the comprehensive work of our hospital family in ensuring that the infrastructure matches its overall efforts,” said Kemptville District Hospital Board Chair, Robert Morais. “We thank MPP Clark sincerely for his strong representation and valuable support.”
Steve Clark pointed out that the provinciual government has “a plan to end hallway health care by building a connected and sustainable public health care system that’s centred around the needs of patients, including investing $27 billion over 10 years in hospital infrastructure projects. I have been a strong voice for our local hospitals and I’m proud that our government is taking action to ensure our riding is finally getting its fair share of provincial funding.”