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Better Health Care For Thousands In Niagara

$13 Million To Support Upgrades To Emergency And Ambulatory Care Departments In Niagara Falls

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NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara-area residents will soon have access to better emergency and ambulatory care units at the Greater Niagara General Hospital site of the Niagara Health System, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"Our government is investing in the future of health care in the Niagara area," said Premier McGuinty. "Expanding these departments will result in better health care for thousands of patients."

The government is investing $13,080,844 to support the project. The new facilities will house all ambulatory care clinics in one efficient location, more than doubling the number of patient visits they accommodate each year.

The expanded emergency department will be able to accommodate 60,000 patient visits annually -- three times its original capacity. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring and will take about a year to complete.

The Premier announced this funding at the Niagara Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Awards dinner Thursday evening.

In his speech, Premier McGuinty said the government has been working hard to meet the health care challenges of Niagara region.

"More doctors were licensed to practise last year in Ontario than in the last 20 years; next year, the number of students in Ontario medical schools will be more than 30 per cent higher than in 2000; and we worked with the region to restore local control to land ambulance services," said Premier McGuinty.

"I had the pleasure last weekend of meeting local residents and touring the Greater Niagara General Hospital site," said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman. "Clearly, this is a project that will benefit the community long into the future."

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