Supporting Hospital Infrastructure Projects to Ensure a Safe Environment for Patients and Front-Line Health Care Staff
The Ontario government is investing $175 million this year to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 129 hospitals across the province, including $50 million for COVID-19 related and other urgent projects.
Haliburton Highlands Health Services will receive $22,000 for 2020 and 2021 through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. This funding will replace their X-Ray and Cafeteria Split Duct Air Conditioning units. These units are essential for the X-Ray equipment operation as well as the health and wellness of patients and staff in the cafeteria. Haliburton Highlands Health Services also received $253,000 in December through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
Maintaining hospital infrastructure is important to ensuring that residents have access to the health care services they need. Investments and support for essential capital projects can make a big difference to our plan to build the capacity we need to end hallway health care in Ontario.
Today’s funding is in addition to another $199,000 in funding for Haliburton Highlands Health Services Corporation as part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 to address current and future demands for regular services.
As the government continues to work toward bringing Ontario's world class health care system into the 21st century, this funding will help hospitals address urgent issues such as upgrades or the replacement of roofs, windows, security systems, backup generators and fire alarms. These projects will also support the hospitals in their ongoing response to COVID-19.
“This additional funding will help to address the urgent HVAC upgrades needed in response to COVID-19 and will result in a safe and comfortable environment for patients receiving care, as well as patients, visitors and staff attending the hospital cafeteria,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
“HHHS is grateful for the support of the Ministry of Health in assisting us to keep our facilities up to date; this funding will help us to support a safe and comfortable health services environment for our patients, residents, staff, and the community,” said Carolyn Plummer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Haliburton Highlands Health Services.
- Ontario is investing an additional $7.4 million to address ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
- This year Ontario has provided increases to annualized funding to mid-size hospitals.