Several hospitals receive HIRF funding

The Ontario government is prioritizing the health and safety of patients by taking immediate action and providing 128 hospitals across the province with funding to upgrade, repair and maintain their facilities.
The following hospitals in Huron-Bruce are receiving funding this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund:
South Bruce Grey Health Centre (Kincardine, Walkerton, Chesley, and Durham) $2,756,447
Alexandra Marine and General Hospital – $74,496
Clinton Public Hospital – $280,997
Seaforth Community Hospital – $205,021
South Huron Hospital – $422,844
Wingham and District Hospital – $191,869
“The health and safety of patients and families is a priority for our government,” said MPP Lisa Thompson. “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 MPP added that she is positive CAOs at local hospitals that received the HIRF funding will welcome the news and echo sentiments expressed by Andrew Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance.
“The commitment of the government to local, front line patient care through this announcement is significant and greatly appreciated,” Williams said. “The funding allows us to complete necessary infrastructure projects, such as elevator upgrades and medical vacuum system, fuel tank and generator replacements which very much support us in continuing to provide the great care our patients and their families deserve.”
The government is moving forward quickly to address challenges facing the health care system as it develops a long-term transformational health care strategy to end hallway health care. As this important work continues, this funding will allow hospitals to address urgent issues, including upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
“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 Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Christine 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.”
In total the Province is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to 128 hospitals this year.
In 2018-2019, the government has invested an additional $90 million for 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and the community, including the creation of over 640 new beds and spaces.