Ontario Redeveloping and Expanding Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Upgrades Will Improve Access to Care for Families Across Southeastern Ontario
Ontario is supporting the redevelopment and expansion of Kingston Health Sciences Centre's Kingston General Hospital site to ensure patients in southeastern Ontario continue to have access to high-quality care close to home.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was joined by Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, at Kingston General Hospital today to make the announcement.
The proposed redevelopment project will replace aging infrastructure to ensure the hospital can continue to deliver high-quality care while meeting the changing needs of the community. It includes renovations and new construction on Stuart Street that will upgrade the emergency department, operating rooms, clinical labs and inpatient units, as well as the redevelopment of the neonatal intensive care unit, and labour and delivery suites.
Ontario is delivering on its commitment to provide faster access to high-quality care by supporting major hospital projects across the province. The expansion will address population growth, while ensuring that Kingston Health Sciences Centre continues to excel as a regional teaching and research hospital that is able to provide complex acute and specialty care for patients across southeastern Ontario.
Kingston Health Sciences Centre is also being designated as a District Epilepsy Centre, providing patients with access to a dedicated nurse and local neuropsychology testing in addition to the services already provided, so they don't need to travel to Ottawa, London or Toronto.
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.
- Kingston Health Sciences Centre is southeastern Ontario’s largest acute care academic hospital serving more than 500,000 patients and families across the region.
- Kingston Health Sciences Centre joins Health Sciences North, Hamilton Health Sciences, The Ottawa Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario as District Epilepsy Centres. It currently provides access to neurologists specially trained in diagnosing, treating and managing epilepsy in children and adults, intensive electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring, an epilepsy monitoring unit and an outpatient EEG facility.
- Ontario’s health care budget in 2017-18 is $53.8 billion – a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
- As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion to support the construction of new hospital projects across the province. This brings Ontario’s total planned investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.
- Ontario is making the largest investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history – more than $190 billion in public infrastructure over 13 years, starting in 2014-15. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
“Having access to high-quality care is part of what makes a community a great place to live. Our government’s investment in the redevelopment of Kingston Health Sciences Centre will expand critical health services and ensure the community’s health care needs remain available close to home.”
“I am so proud of the excellent work that our health care professionals perform every day and night in Kingston.The commitment today by the Ontario government, towards the revitalization and rebuild of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), will make a tremendous impact in our community and the patients we will serve in the future. This could not have happened without teamwork, collaboration and outstanding leadership by many individuals for several years.This new revitalized facility will help us serve our communities health care needs better, it will improve the patient experience and we will continue to be able to attract top of the line students and staff to this region.”
“We would like to thank Minister Hoskins, MPP Kiwala, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the SE LHIN for their continued support of Kingston Health Sciences Centre and our patients from across Southeastern Ontario. Our Phase 2 Redevelopment project will be one of the largest infrastructure projects in Kingston’s history and will ensure that we can continue to deliver safe, innovative and high-quality care for future generations of patients and families.”
Dr. David Pichora