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Improving Patient Care in Eastern Ontario's Small Hospitals

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Improving Patient Care in Eastern Ontario's Small Hospitals

Ontario Government Helping Small and Rural Hospitals Provide Innovative, Quality Care

Ministry of Rural Affairs

Ontario is helping small and rural hospitals in eastern Ontario enhance patient care and improve collaboration with community health care partners. 

In the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Haliburton Highlands Health Services and Campbellford Memorial Hospital will receive support through the province's Small and Rural Hospital Transformation Fund to:

  • Share electronic health records
  • Offer patient consultations via videoconferencing
  •  Install streamlined appointment-scheduling systems
  •  Install automated medication dispensing units

These initiatives will help provide more co-ordinated, higher quality care and improve the transition for patients between hospital and community care.

A better, more co-ordinated health care system that provides the right care, at the right time, in the right place is part of Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care and supports the new Ontario government's efforts to build a healthy province and a fair society. 

Quick Facts

  • The province is providing $20 million to help small and rural hospitals across the province provide better integrated care.
  • Haliburton Highlands Health Services and Campbellford Memorial Hospital will be receiving $562,400 and $427,400 respectively.
  • Sixty-four small and rural hospitals in Ontario were eligible to apply through their LHIN for one-time funding for projects that improve patient care.
  • LHINs allocated the funding to hospitals, allowing funding decisions to be local, flexible and based on making the highest impact on patient care.

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“Small and rural hospitals in Ontario are using this new support to close gaps in care and make it easier for patients to access follow-up treatments. We want patients across the province, regardless of where they live, to be able to access the care they need, when they need it.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Rural communities have unique health care needs. By making these kinds of investments, we are helping improve the quality of health care, lowering barriers to access for patients and strengthening communities like Haliburton and Campbellford.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Rural Affairs

“Since January 31st, two groups of Health Service Providers in Haliburton County/City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County have been meeting as part of a facilitated integration process to determine how hospitals and community-based health services could be delivered in the future. Today’s funding announcement supports this integration process as the partners work together to improve client access to high-quality services, create readiness for future health system transformation and make the best use of the public’s investment.”

Wayne Gladstone

Chair, Central East LHIN Board of Directors

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