$3 Million In Upgrades For Local Hospitals

    Funding Supports Safe Care For Patients

    TORONTO, May 8 /CNW/ -


    Hospitals in Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce counties are receiving close to
$3 million for infrastructure upgrades to ensure they continue to offer high
quality care to residents.
    The funding is part of over $5 million the Ontario government is
providing to hospitals through the South West Local Health Integration Network
(LHIN) so hospitals can address infrastructure renewal projects that extend
the life of the hospital facility and improve the hospital facility's quality
or functionality.
    Projects covered by the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) include
a wide range of improvements required to maintain or enhance hospital
operations, such as replacing steam boilers and emergency generators,
installing new high-efficiency air equipment for climate control, and
upgrading fire safety and nurse call systems.
    The funding being provided is part of $41 million being invested in
hospitals across the province.


    "Our government is making these investments to ensure hospitals are able
to provide quality care in facilities that are well maintained and comfortable
for patients" said Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell.
    "This funding will make hospitals in Perth County safer and more
efficient," said Perth-Wellington MPP John Wilkinson. "It will ensure that
patients will be assured of quality care closer to home, which is good news
for all residents of the South West LHIN."
    "We're strengthening the hospitals in our area so that they can better
serve patients," said South West LHIN Board Chair Norm Gamble. "We're
continually working to find the best way to determine the most economical and
efficient way of improving hospital facilities and long-term investments."


    -  Funding is provided through the government's 2008-2009 Health
       Infrastructure Renewal Fund, which allows hospitals to decide where to
       invest the money and lets them proceed quickly with projects.

    -  Every hospital will receive a grant of at least $150,000 per site.


    Find out more about the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund

       South West LHIN Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund Allocations

    Hospital/Site                     Community/County        Funding Amount

    Alexandra Marine & General
     Hospital                         Goderich/Huron             $155,504
    Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance
    - Clinton Public Hospital         Clinton/Huron              $153,074
    - Seaforth Community Hospital     Seaforth/Huron             $152,346
    - St. Marys Memorial Hospital     St. Marys/Perth            $152,528
    - Stratford General Hospital      Stratford/Perth            $169,722
    Listowel Wingham Hospitals
    - Listowel Memorial Hospital      Listowel/Perth             $154,317
    - Wingham and District Hospital   Wingham/Huron              $154,016
    South Huron Hospital Association  Exeter/Huron               $152,380
    Grey Bruce Health Services                                   $939,213
    - Owen Sound Hospital             Owen Sound/Grey-Bruce
    - Markdale Hospital               Markdale/Grey-Bruce
    - Meaford Hospital                Meaford/Grey-Bruce
    - Southampton Hospital            Southampton/Grey-Bruce
    - Wiarton Hospital                Wiarton/Grey-Bruce
    - Lion's Head Hospital            Lion's Head /Grey-Bruce
    Hanover and District Hospital     Hanover/Grey-Bruce         $154,552
    South Bruce Grey Health Centre                               $610,347
    - Kincardine and District
       General Hospital               Kincardine/Grey-Bruce
    - Durham Memorial Hospital        Durham/Grey-Bruce
    - County of Bruce General
       Hospital                       Walkerton/Grey-Bruce
    - Chesley and District Memorial
       Hospital                       Chesley/Grey-Bruce

    North and Central Counties Sub Total                       $2,947,999

    Alexandra Hospital                Ingersoll/Oxford           $154,584
    London Health Sciences Centre     London/Middlesex           $680,291
    - University Hospital
    - South Street Hospital
    - Victoria Hospital
    Middlesex Hospital Alliance
    - Four Counties Health Services   Newbury/Middlesex          $152,746
    - Strathroy Middlesex General
       Hospital                       Strathroy/Middlesex        $158,413
    St. Joseph's Health Care London   London/Middlesex           $416,206
    St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital St. Thomas/Elgin           $171,113
    Tillsonburg District Memorial
     Hospital                         Tillsonburg/Oxford         $156,945
    Woodstock General Hospital        Woodstock/Oxford           $165,020

    South Counties Sub Total                                   $2,055,318

    South West LHIN Total HIRF Funding                         $5,003,317

    May 2009


For further information:

For further information: Jim Durham, (519) 672-0445, ext. 2596,
jim.durham@lhins.on.ca; Matthew Clarke, (519) 672-0445, ext. 2566,
matthew.clarke@lhins.on.ca; Toll-free: 1-866-294-5446,

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