Improving Access To Health Care For Francophone Families
Major Expansion And Redevelopment Underway At Hôpital Montfort In Ottawa
The Ontario government is improving access to care for Ottawa-area families by expanding Hôpital Montfort, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today at a groundbreaking ceremony with health care professionals and local officials.
"For more than 50 years, Hôpital Montfort has been an essential part of the Ottawa community, especially for Francophones," said Premier McGuinty. "Once the redevelopment is done, Ottawa-area families will not only benefit from expanded health services, they'll also have better access to care."
Hôpital Montfort plays a vital role in Ontario's Francophone community, providing health care in both official languages and serving as a Francophone teaching hospital.
Construction is underway on the redevelopment project, which will double the size of the hospital to more than 700,000 square feet. Adding two new wings and renovating existing facilities will expand intensive care, maternal newborn, mental health, ambulatory care and emergency services. When work is done, the hospital will house 417 beds -- 289 for inpatients and 128 for long-term care. The government is contributing $185 million towards the expansion.
"The Hôpital Montfort project is going to make a real difference for families in the Ottawa area," said David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal. "Today's announcement demonstrates exactly what ReNew Ontario, our government's $30-billion infrastructure investment plan is all about. We're delivering the quality public infrastructure that hard-working Ontario families need and deserve."
"Access to modern, effective health care underpins the quality of life for families across Ontario," said George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "That's why this government stepped up to the plate with increased support for hospital capital projects while making unprecedented investments to keep Ontarians healthy, reduce wait times and improve access to doctors and nurses."
"Gathered with us today are the people -- physicians, staff, volunteers and fundraisers -- who provide outstanding care and service to the community we serve," said Gérald R. Savoie, President and CEO, Hôpital Montfort. "This remarkable team represents the true spirit of our organization. Soon they will have a new, first-rate facility befitting their collective talents and passion for quality health care."
This is the first project to begin construction under the government's Alternative Financing and Procurement program. Hôpital Montfort, like all hospitals in Ontario, will be publicly owned, controlled and accountable.
Modernizing hospitals is just one example of how the McGuinty government is working on the side of Ontario families who want the best health care. Other initiatives include:
- Expanding access to doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, including funding 3,062 new nursing positions, creating 150 Family Health Teams, providing international medical graduates with 200 training and assessment positions and expanding medical school spaces by 23 per cent
- Working to prevent illness by banning smoking in enclosed public places with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and reducing air pollution by closing the coal-fired Lakeview Generating Station
- Reducing wait times by funding 31,000 additional surgical procedures, including more MRI exams, cancer and cataract surgeries, hip and knee replacements and cardiac procedures.
"We're working to deliver the very best health care for Ontario families," said Premier McGuinty. "By preventing illness and strengthening our health care system, we're building a healthier Ontario for families today -- and for generations to come."