Access To Patient Care Services Improved In Brampton

    McGuinty Government Provides Additional Operating Funding To William
    Osler Health Centre

    TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is further investing in the Brampton Civic Hospital so that
patients have improved access to hospital services following the completion of
the new hospital.
    The McGuinty government is providing additional operating funding of
$14.3 million to William Osler Health Centre to support increased patient care
services at the hospital.
    Since the hospital opened in October 2007, the government has provided
more than $90 million in post-construction operating funding. The money has
helped the hospital increase surgery volumes, provide additional obstetric
services and added 15 intensive care and 12 neonatal beds.


    "Our government continues to work with William Osler Health Centre as it
increases program and service volumes at the new Brampton Civic Hospital to
meet community service needs," said David Caplan, Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care. "Services at the new hospital will continue to grow as will
its impact on the people living in the community."
    "Today's investment ensures that funding for Brampton Civic Hospital
better reflects the current demand for services and will put us in a stronger
position to meet the growing health care needs of the residents of Brampton
and surrounding communities," said Ken White, Supervisor, William Osler Health
Centre. "With the government's continued support, the Brampton area will
continue to have one of the finest hospitals in Ontario."
    "We are pleased the government is providing the funding necessary to
ensure that the Brampton Civic Hospital can offer the services required to
meet the needs of the community," said Mimi Lowi Young, CEO, Central West
Local Health Integration Network."
    "This additional funding for Brampton Civic is another sign our
government is committed to quality health care in our community. The new money
will help this hospital continue to expand services and ensure more people get
access to the care they need, when they need it," said MPP Linda Jeffrey, who
was joined at the announcement by fellow area MPPs Amrit Mangat, Dr. Kuldip
Kular and Vic Dhillon.


    -   Ontario is investing a total of $133.5 million in post-construction
        operating funding to 24 hospitals in 2008/09.
    -   William Osler received base funding of $364,572,084 in 2008/09, a
        total increase of $119,789,884, or 48.9%, since 2003.


    Read more about the William Osler Health Centre

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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3986;
Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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