Better, Faster Access to Health Care Coming to the Brockville Area
Brockville General Hospital Getting a New Patient Tower
Ontario is helping patients and their families in the Brockville area get faster access to health care closer to home by redeveloping and expanding Brockville General Hospital.
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, on behalf of Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care was at Brockville General Hospital today to break ground on the new patient tower.
The new patient tower will accommodate additional inpatient units to help care for more patients who need complex continuing care, acute mental health and rehabilitation care. The redevelopment project also includes the renovation of existing buildings to increase support services such as food,environmental, and facilities services.
The new patient tower will increase capacity by 22 beds. In total, the hospital will have about 171 beds for patients, including:
- 29 mental health beds
- 32 complex continuing and palliative care beds
- 32 inpatient rehabilitation and restorative care beds.
Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario is investing up to $153 million in the redevelopment of the Brockville General Hospital project.
- In 2016-17, Brockville General Hospital had over 26,300 emergency department visits.
- In this Budget, Ontario is investing approximately $19 billion over 10 years to build and renovate hospitals.
- The province is investing an additional $822 million in hospital funding in 2018–19, to ensure all hospitals receive an increase in funding to help reduce wait times and provide flexibility to meet the needs of their local communities.
- The government is investing an additional $2.1 billion over the next four years in a more integrated, high-quality mental health and addictions system for people of all ages across the province.
- Ontario’s health care budget will total $61.3 billion in 2018-19 — a five per cent increase from the previous year.
“Improving health care outcomes for people across Ontario is an important priority of this government. Once complete, these state-of-the-art facilities will address the growing and changing needs of patients and families in Brockville and the surrounding areas.”
“Today is a celebration of healthcare in our region. Construction on our Phase 2 Redevelopment Project has begun and our community can see for themselves that BGH is commited to providing safe, quality care now and for future generations. On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, physicians and volunteers, we thank the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Infrastructure Ontario, Brockville and District Hospital Foundation and our many community partners for their support. BGH has a long-standing history of providing care in our community, and this project marks a new beginning, as we expand our services and programs, under one roof..”
“Today marks a significant milestone in this important project for Brockville General Hospital and the communities it serves. While there is still a great deal of work to be done, it’s important to also recognize all of the efforts to reach this stage. The consolidation of valuable services to one site will ensure long-lasting benefits for patients receiving complex continuing care, palliative care, rehabilitation supports, as well as expanded acute mental health and addictions programs.”