The Ontario government is investing in the Wallaceburg hospital site redevelopment to help patients and families in Chatham-Kent get the high-quality health care they need, closer to home, Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton announced today.

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is receiving a $500,000 planning grant to assist in early planning work to modernize the aging Wallaceburg site. The remodeled hospital will give patients faster access to a wide range of services including proposed upgrades to emergency, ambulatory and outpatient services.

“The people have told us that redeveloping the Wallaceburg site is a priority, and we are listening,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure. “This planning grant will allow us to reimagine a new Wallaceburg hospital for the future. This is great news for people in rural Southwestern Ontario.”

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott added “the planning grant is a smart investment. Our government is improving the patient experience by ensuring hospitals like this one in Wallaceburg get the upgrades, repairs, and maintenance they need. Proper planning is part of creating a sustainable health care system that is centred around patients.”

“The Wallaceburg Site of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance provides essential health care services for the communities of Wallaceburg, Walpole Island First Nation and surrounding areas,” said Lori Marshall, President & CEO, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. “Today’s announcement builds on the momentum of our proposed redevelopment plans for the Wallaceburg site and reaffirms our commitment to rural health care now and into the future.”

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is a 211-bed hospital organization operating at two sites, Chatham and Wallaceburg.

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