McGuinty Government Getting Results For Patients In The Sault Area
New Hospital Means Faster Access To Care, Better Quality Of Life
Premier Dalton McGuinty today announced the Ontario government is speeding up access to health care for more families by supporting the construction of a new hospital in Sault Ste. Marie.
"Ontarians deserve the best quality health care when and where they need it," said Premier McGuinty. "More patients will get faster access to high-quality care thanks to this new hospital -- and that's a result that really matters to families in the Sault area."
Premier McGuinty joined hospital staff, community members and local officials to kick off construction of the Sault Area Hospital.
The new hospital will replace the existing facilities at the Plummer Memorial Hospital and the Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital sites. The new hospital will have a capacity of 289 beds, house an emergency department twice its current size and, for the first time, offer radiation therapy in the community.
"Today's groundbreaking with Premier McGuinty delivers on our commitment to build a new state-of-the-art Sault Area Hospital that will enhance patient care, improve our ability to attract and retain medical professionals and provide a significant boost to the local economy," said David Orazietti, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. "Past governments had no plan to move this project forward, but today we are celebrating the construction of the largest public infrastructure project in our community in generations."
"This is an exciting day for our community," said Ron Gagnon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sault Area Hospital. " I would like to thank our hospital staff, physicians, volunteers, fundraisers and the community for their generous donations and support of this project. We are looking forward to our project being completed so we can offer enhanced services for all members of our community."
The Sault Area Hospital project is part of Renew Ontario, the government's $30-billion infrastructure investment plan. Under this plan, the government and its partners will invest at least $5 billion over five years to improve health care facilities.
Modernizing hospitals is just one way the McGuinty government is working with Ontarians to get results in health care. Other initiatives include:
- Creating 150 Family Health Teams to improve access to doctors, nurses and other health care professionals across the province
- Speeding up access to care by funding about 1.27 million additional procedures, and
- Investing a record $1.54 billion a year in home care, which will provide an additional 95,700 Ontarians with short-term acute care in their homes and provide end-of-life care to another 6,000 clients.
"For the last four years, we've been working together to strengthen health care and get results for the people of this province," said Premier McGuinty. "When I look at how far we've come, I know there's no limit to what we can achieve when we work and dream and build, together."