Infrastructure Investments Improving Health Care in Chatham-Kent
The Ontario government is investing in the Wallaceburg hospital site redevelopment to help patients and families in Chatham-Kent get the high-quality health care they need, closer to home, Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton announced today.
"Fourteen years ago when this hospital was at risk of being shut down, I was one of the many people who rallied in support," said McNaughton, who made the announcement on behalf of Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "Today I feel privileged to return and deliver a message on behalf of the Premier Doug Ford Government: We care about the people in Southwestern Ontario who rely on this hospital for urgent care."
The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is receiving a $500,000 planning grant to assist in early planning work to modernize the aging Wallaceburg site. The remodeled hospital will give patients faster access to a wide range of services including proposed upgrades to emergency, ambulatory and outpatient services.
"The people have told us that redeveloping the Wallaceburg site is a priority, and we are listening," said McNaughton. "This planning grant will allow us to reimagine a new Wallaceburg hospital for the future. This is great news for people in rural Southwestern Ontario."
Elliott said "the planning grant is a smart investment. Our government is improving the patient experience by ensuring hospitals like this one in Wallaceburg get the upgrades, repairs and maintenance they need. Proper planning is part of creating a sustainable health care system that is centred around patients."
"The Wallaceburg Site of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance provides essential health care services for the communities of Wallaceburg, Walpole Island First Nation and surrounding areas," said Lori Marshall, President & CEO, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. "Today's announcement builds on the momentum of our proposed redevelopment plans for the Wallaceburg site and reaffirms our commitment to rural health care now and into the future."
- Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is a 211-bed hospital organization operating at two sites, Chatham and Wallaceburg.
- Ontario is quickly moving to address infrastructure challenges facing the health care system by also investing:
- $175 million in repairs and upgrades to 128 hospitals this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund
- Nearly $33.6 million to build 193 new hospice beds across the province, and,
- More than $300 million to support the addition of 6,000 new long-term care beds — the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds over the next five years.
- Ontario is investing $3.8 billion over the next 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy.