Ontario Investing in Critical Hospital Upgrades and Repairs in Stratford
Maintaining Hospital Infrastructure to Ensure a Safe Environment for Patients
STRATFORD — Ontario is investing in the health and safety of patients as it addresses urgent upgrades, repairs and maintenance to help modernize 131 hospitals across the province.
Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was at Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance — Stratford General Hospital to announce that the hospital will receive nearly $1.3 million to help support projects like repairing the roof and replacing security cameras and the hospital cooling tower. This is part of the government's investment of $175 million this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund to help hospitals across the province maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care.
"These investments will help ensure that patients in Stratford and across Ontario can receive the care they need in a safe and comfortable setting," said Elliott. "Seemingly small things like well-functioning roofs, windows or heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and backup generators can make the world of difference to a patient's experience. This funding will help ensure that hospitals across Ontario are able to make the needed upgrades and improvements, so patients and families have access to the reliable, quality care they expect and deserve."
As the government continues to work toward bringing Ontario's world class health care system into the 21st century, this funding will help hospitals to address urgent issues.
"Ontario has a plan to build a connected and sustainable public health care system centred around the needs of patients, including investing $27 billion over 10 years in hospital infrastructure projects," said Elliott. "Maintaining hospital infrastructure is one more example of how we are working towards ensuring that Ontarians have the health care services they can depend on while building the capacity we need to end hallway health care."
"Today's announcement will have an immediate and long-term positive impact on our ability to provide high-quality and accessible health care," said Andrew Williams, President and CEO of Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance. "The government's commitment to ensuring we have the infrastructure necessary to support the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Team, patients, families and caregivers is greatly appreciated."
"On behalf of Ontario hospitals, I'd like to thank the Ontario government for recognizing the need for this important funding," said Anthony Dale, President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association. "Given the continued capacity pressure facing hospitals as a result of a growing and aging population, ongoing investment in equipment upgrades and building repairs is needed to extend the life of all hospital facilities to maintain access to frontline services in communities across the province."
- Ontario is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to 131 hospitals this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
- In addition, Ontario is investing $7.2 million to address ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.