January 28, 2019 - Ontario's Government for the People is prioritizing the health
and safety of patients by taking immediate action and providing 128 hospitals across
the province with funding to upgrade, repair and maintain their facilities.
St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital is receiving funding this year through the Health
Infrastructure Renewal Fund for a total of $992,262.
"The health and safety of patients and families is a priority for our government,"
said MPP Jeff Yurek. "That's why we must make the necessary investments in our hospitals
now, to ensure our providers have the facilities they need to continue to provide
excellent quality care to patients. This funding will help ensure hospitals across
Ontario are able to make the needed upgrades, improvements and maintenance so patients
and families have access to reliable, quality care they expect and deserve."
The government is moving forward quickly to address challenges facing the health
care system as it develops a long-term transformational health care strategy to
end hallway health care. As this important work continues, this funding will allow
hospitals to address urgent issues, including upgrades or replacements of roofs,
windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
"Our government is investing in essential health care projects to ensure the people
of Ontario will have health care services they can depend on now and for future
generations," said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Christine
Elliott. "We will continue to listen to the patients and the people who plan and
work on the frontlines. Together, we will create a health care system that works
for the people of Ontario."
- Ontario is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to 128 hospitals this
year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
- In 2018-2019, the government has invested an additional $90 million for 1,100 beds
and spaces in hospitals and the community, including the creation of over 640 new
beds and spaces.