Almost $200K for WDMH as Ford government begins process of ‘ending hallway health care’

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WINCHESTER — Winchester District Memorial Hospital has landed a nearly $200,000 grant through the provincial Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

The institution is one of 128 Ontario hospitals awarded a total of $175-million to upgrade, repair and maintain  facilities, and one of two in MPP Jim McDonell’s riding of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. WDMH’s share is $197,467, while Cornwall Community Hospital will get $727,768.

The Ford government announced the grants today, saying it is “moving forward quickly” to “end hallway health care.”

“The health and safety of patients and families is a priority for our government,” said  McDonell. “That’s why we must make the necessary investments in our hospitals now, to ensure our providers have the facilities they need to continue to provide excellent quality care to patients. This funding will help ensure hospitals across Ontario are able to make the needed upgrades, improvements and maintenance so patients and families have access to reliable, quality care they expect and deserve.”

The 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,” according to the government.

“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.”

The Fund’s $175-million allocation will be spent this year. It comes on top of an extra $90-million the Ford government is spending on 1,100 beds and hospital spaces in 2018-19 — 640 of those being new.

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