Ontario’s Government for the People Investing in Urgent Hospital Upgrades, Repairs and Maintenance in Waterloo Region

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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 $175 million in funding to upgrade, repair and maintain their facilities.

The following hospitals in Waterloo Region are receiving funding this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund:

• Cambridge Memorial Hospital - $1,780,228
• Grand River Hospital - $1,914,816
• St. Mary’s General Hospital - $941,967

“This recent funding announcement from Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, is great news for Waterloo Region hospitals,” said Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga. The $4,640,011 in local funding recognizes that frontline health-care providers and patients deserve safe facilities to work and receive care.”

“The continued support for maintaining infrastructure at Cambridge Memorial Hospital is welcomed and necessary. While we are significantly expanding our facility to meet the health care needs of our community, we have several necessary infrastructure improvements within our current facilities that this investment will fund. We appreciate the government’s continued commitment to hospital repairs and upgrades,” said Patrick Gaskin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

“We welcome and appreciate this significant investment in renewing our building infrastructure and keeping patients, staff and visitors safe and secure,” said Marco Terlevic, Acting President at St. Mary’s. “This funding will allow us to replace the roof in the main hospital tower, enhance our security camera system and upgrade fire doors.”

“Continuous care and attention to health infrastructure ensures patients and families receive care in facilities that best suit their needs. We appreciate this funding, and thank the Government of Ontario for supporting health infrastructure improvements at both GRH campuses,” said Ron Gagnon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Grand River Hospital.

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.”

QUICK FACTS
 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 space