Local hospitals receive funds for infrastructure renewal projects

PERTH-WELLINGTON – Local MPP Randy Pettapiece, says provincial funding of $2,586,809 for hospitals across this riding will facilitate needed upgrades and improvements.

“These investments will help ensure that patients in Perth-Wellington can receive the care they need in a safe and comfortable setting,” said Pettapiece.

“This funding will help ensure that hospitals across the riding are able to make the needed upgrades and improvements, so patients and families have access to reliable, quality care they expect and deserve.”

North Wellington Health Care Corporation, which operates hospitals in Palmerston and Mount Forest, will receive $351,838 from the local allocation. Hospitals in Stratford, Listowel and St. Marys will also receive a portion of the $2.6 million announced on Dec. 18.

“These investments will help ensure that patients … across Ontario can receive the care they need in a safe and comfortable setting,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott. “Seemingly small things like well-functioning roofs, windows or heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and backup generators can make the world of difference to a patient’s experience.”

The province is spending $175 million this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) for repairs and upgrades to 131 hospitals. The government continues to work toward bringing Ontario’s world class health care system into the 21st century.

“Our government 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 Pettapiece.

In addition to the $175 million this year, Ontario is allocating $7.2 million to address ongoing urgent and emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health care providers, states a press release from Pettapiece’s office.

The 2020 HIRF funding is up from the 2019 allocation of $2.3 million for Perth-Wellington hospitals.