Province Improves Palliative Care In Sault Ste. Marie
McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners
SAULT STE. MARIE - The McGuinty government is improving access to palliative care in Sault Ste. Marie by investing in a new residential hospice and palliative care centre, Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti announced today on behalf of Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci.
"Our government's investment through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation will enable our community to build the area's first residential hospice," said Orazietti. "We are committed to enhancing end-of-life services in order to give all Ontarians choices during difficult times and ensure they can live their final days with as much dignity and comfort as possible."
The NOHFC is providing $1 million toward the development of the Algoma Residential Community Hospice. The funding will assist in the construction a 10-bed, free standing, residential hospice in Sault Ste. Marie that will provide compassionate end-of-life care to dying persons and their families.
"We are on the side of northerners. That's why we are pleased to be investing in the improved care and services this new hospice will provide," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "Our commitment to facilitating the delivery of palliative care reflects our society's concern for the welfare of people in their final days."
The McGuinty government announced funding of $115.5 million over three years to support the operation of provincial hospices including $580,000 annually for the Algoma Residential Community Hospice.
"Palliative care is a very important component of our provincial health care system," said Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman. "These services ensure that those in need may traverse this most difficult stage of life with dignity, in comfort and in a caring atmosphere."
Other McGuinty government health care initiatives that are benefiting northerners include:
• A $25-million investment to reduce wait times in the North, $6.6 million for telemedicine, and major hospital expansions and improvements in Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay and Sudbury
• The opening of the first medical school in nearly 40 years to train doctors so they will practise in the North
• A provincial investment of $6.7 million in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Bursary Fund.
These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.
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