Ontario Investing in Hospital Upgrades and Repairs in Newmarket-AuroraPublished on September 18, 2020
Ontario Investing in Hospital Upgrades and Repairs in Newmarket-Aurora
Supporting Hospital Infrastructure Projects to Ensure a Safe Environment for Patients
September 18, 2020
The Ontario government is investing $175 million this year to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 129 hospitals across the province, including $50 million for COVID-19 related and other urgent projects. Through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, this funding will help hospitals maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care.
In Newmarket, Southlake Regional Health Centre will receive over $1.8 million for 2020 and 2021 through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. This funding will support upgrades to the hospital’s electrical system ensuring a reliable power supply throughout the campus now and into future.
“Maintaining hospital infrastructure is another example of how our government is ensuring that the people of Newmarket-Aurora have access to health care services they can depend on, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “Our ongoing investments to support essential projects like repairing roofs and windows and adding more isolation spaces can make a big difference to a patient's experience. It’s part of our plan to build the capacity we need to end hallway health care in Ontario.”
“This historic investment will improve over a hundred hospitals across Ontario – including Southlake Regional Health Centre in our community," said Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan. "This funding also includes $50M for COVID-19 related priorities to ensure families in King and Vaughan continue to receive the care they deserve.”
As the government continues to work toward bringing Ontario's world class health care system into the 21st century, this funding will help hospitals address urgent issues such as upgrades or replacement of roofs, windows, security systems, backup generators and fire alarms. Projects will also support the hospitals in their ongoing response to COVID-19, such as updating HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, creating additional isolation space and negative air pressure flow rooms to increase capacity and enhancing infection prevention and control measures.
“This additional funding helps us to continue investing in our facility to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our patients and their families, as well as our staff. Improving key infrastructure like the electrical system enables Southlake to continue to upgrade medical equipment and embrace new technology well into the future,” said Arden Krystal, President and CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre.
- Ontario is investing an additional $7.4 million to address ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
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- Hallway Health Care: A System Under Strain
- Visit Ontario’s websiteto learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19
Contact: Dawn Gallagher Murphy
Constituency Office of the Hon. Christine Elliott, MPP-Newmarket-Aurora, Tel. 905-853-9889