The Government of Ontario has announced that it will provide funding for repairs and upgrades to 131 hospitals this year, in an effort to provide patients with high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
Minister of health and long-term care Dr. Eric Hoskins made the announcement at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, which will receive over $2.3 million this year to revitalize its facilities.
“Hospitals appreciate the support of the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund for maintaining buildings and systems essential to high-quality care,” said Pat Campbell, president and CEO of the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. “These investments can be very difficult for hospitals to fund locally. OSMH particularly appreciates the support over the last few years as it has enabled us to address some longstanding issues that have arisen from our history of being built as a series of wings over the past century.”
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.
“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,” said Anthony Dale, president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association.
The province is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to hospitals this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).