Maintaining hospital infrastructure to ensure a safe environment for patients
St. Thomas, December 18, 2019 - Ontario is investing in the health and safety of
patients as it addresses urgent upgrades, repairs and maintenance to help modernize
131 hospitals across the province.
Today, MPP Jeff Yurek was joined by Robert Biron, President and CEO, St. Thomas
Elgin General Hospital; Dr. Paul Woods, President and CEO, London Health Sciences
Centre; and Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Health Care London,
at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital to announce that the three facilities will
receive over $10 million to maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and
comfortable environment for patients to receive care. This is part of the government's
investment of $175 million this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund
to support hospitals across Ontario.
Specific allocation details are as follows:
- London Health Sciences Centre- $6,687,878
- St. Joseph's Health Care – London- $2,096,587
- St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital- $1,231,883
"These investments will help ensure that patients in London-St. Thomas can receive
the care they need in a safe and comfortable setting," said MPP Yurek. "Seemingly
small things like well-functioning roofs, windows or heating and air conditioning
systems, fire alarms and back-up generators can make the world of difference to
a patient's experience. This funding will help ensure that hospitals across Ontario
are able to make the needed upgrades and improvements, so patients and families
have access to the reliable, quality care they expect and 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 to address urgent
"Ontario has a plan to build a connected and sustainable public health care system
centred around the needs of patients, including investing $27 billion over 10 years
in hospital infrastructure projects," said MPP Yurek. "Maintaining hospital infrastructure
is one more example of how we are working towards ensuring that Ontarians have the
health care services they can depend on while building the capacity we need to end
hallway health care."
"Maintaining our infrastructure to ensure that our facility is in a good state of
repair is a significant undertaking – it requires ongoing attention and investments,"
said Robert Biron, President and CEO, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. "For older
facilities like STEGH, the HIRF program is greatly appreciated as it provides needed
investments for the hospital to upgrade priority items."
"Thank you to the Ministry of Health for allocating almost 2.1 million dollars of
Health Infrastructure Renewal Funding to St. Joseph's Health Care London. The funds
will allow us to ensure well-maintained facilities for our staff, volunteers, patients
and their families, and in turn help us to deliver exceptional and quality care."
-- Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Health Care London.
"The commitment of the government to patient care through this announcement is appreciated
as the funding allows us to complete necessary infrastructure projects, such as
elevator upgrades, repairing medical systems and replacing back-up generators. These
projects support us in continuing to provide the high quality care our patients
and their families deserve." -- Dr. Paul Woods, President and CEO, London Health
- Ontario is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to 131 hospitals this
year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
- In addition, Ontario is investing $7.2 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