(August 19 2pm MUSKOKA – Updated 11pm with reaction from MAHC & provincial release) Just over half a million dollars has been earmarked for Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) as part of a multi million dollar announcement to shore up hospital infrastructure across Ontario.
Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare is receiving $506,291, and in this fiscal year, will get $338,484 in Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) grants. Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today that the province was providing approximately $125 million in total through 2015-16 to hospitals to renew critical infrastructure. She says the investment will help ensure patients continue to receive high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
She made the announcement at Toronto East General Hospital. Hospitals in the North Simcoe Muskoka LIHN (Local Integrated Health Network) include South Muskoka Memorial Hospital and Huntsville Memorial Hospital under Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare. There’s no word yet on whether both hospitals in Bracebridge and Huntsville will benefit from the upgrade funding.
Reacting to the announcement today, however, MAHC CEO Natalie Bubel said “MAHC is fortunate to be receiving hospital infrastructure renewal funding to upgrade our aging facilities. This is good news for us as we recognize our buildings are old and in poor condition, and don’t meet standards. We will be reviewing our greatest needs across the organization and the criteria around this funding to determine the best use of these funds.”
A ministry of health official says the amounts below are funds the other North Simcoe and Muskoka hospitals will receive from the HIRF as a result of this announcement (a LIHN release also shows the total allocation for infrastructure funding expected, including money previously committed for planning. You can view that release by clicking on this link: Hospital Infrastructure Funding Aug19-15E).
The new money coming from the HIRF for each hospital:
* Collingwood General and Marine Hospital ($48,525)
* Georgian Bay General Hospital ($669,927)
* Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital ($354,735)
* Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (($12,046)
* Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care ($915,497)
The money for hospitals in our regional LIHN is expected to be used for upgrades such as roof replacements, new windows, improved heating, ventilation, air conditioning and more.
In the 2015 Budget, the government committed to providing more than $11 billion in hospital capital grants over 10 years, including grants administered through the HIRF.
Here is the province-wide release from the Ontario government today, reprinted verbatim.
Ontario Investing $125 Million in Hospital Repairs and Upgrades
Fund Will Help 128 Hospitals Continue to Provide High-Quality Health Care
Ontario is providing approximately $125 million in 2015-16 to hospitals across the province to renew critical infrastructure, helping to ensure patients continue to receive high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today at Toronto East General Hospital, which will receive approximately $1.7 million in 2015-16 through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF). Across Ontario, 128 hospitals will receive HIRF grants to support crucial infrastructure projects to extend the useful life or improve the quality of their facilities. Projects will include:
>Structural upgrades such as roof replacements and new windows
>Upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
>Improvements such as upgrading back-up generators
>Upgraded fire alarm systems and other work needed to address requirements under the Ontario Building Code and the Ontario Fire Code.
In the 2015 Budget, the government committed to providing more than $11 billion in hospital capital grants over 10 years, including grants administered through the HIRF. This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history — more than $130 billion over 10 years. This investment is helping connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities across the province.
Upgrading health-care infrastructure is part of the government’s plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.