Ontario is continuing to strengthen and support hospitals in Kingston with repairs and upgrades to Providence Care facilities and Kingston Health Sciences Centre this year, to provide patients with high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
Today, Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, was at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, which, along with Providence Care, will receive $9,980,796. this year to revitalize their facilities.
Funding from the province allows hospitals to make critical improvements to their facilities, including upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms, and back-up generators.
The 2017 balanced Budget includes a new $7-billion booster shot to health care, building on the commitment made in the 2016 Budget. This investment will improve access to care, expand mental health and addiction services, and enhance the experience and recovery of patients.
Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.
"These repairs and upgrades are crucial to ensuring all patients get the help they need now and in the future. By upgrading our hospitals’ infrastructure, we are helping Ontarians get the best health care close to home.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Improving access to health care and the patient experience is critical for our local hospitals, the staff who work within them, and to the patients that they serve in our region. I am pleased that the Ontario Government is prioritizing investments in hospital infrastructure upgrades and building repairs as our demand for them increases continuously. I am proud that the government is committed to making sure that individuals and families receive the right care at the right time in Ontario – and that they have appropriate and well maintained facilities in order to offer that care.”
— Sophie Kiwala, MPP, Kingston & the Islands
“Across the South East LHIN, hospitals have been working hard to improve access to high quality care close to home. This funding will enable our hospitals to make required building repairs and equipment upgrades so that they can continue to meet the needs of patients and communities within our region, now and into the future.”
— Chris Salt, Acting Board Chair, South East LHIN
“On behalf of Ontario hospitals, I'd like to thank the Ontario government for recognizing the need for this vital investment. Given the continued capacity pressure facing hospitals as a result of a growing and aging population, ongoing investment in equipment upgrades and building repairs is needed to extend the life of all hospital facilities to maintain access to frontline services.”
— Anthony Dale, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association
The province is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to hospitals this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).