Health Services Enhancement Bulletin

    TORONTO, July 3 /CNW/ - This is the first in a series of Health Services
Enhancement Bulletins that will keep Ontarians up-to-date with the progress
being made by the government.

    Northern Ontario School of Medicine

    New space is being developed at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences
Centre to allow Northern Ontario School of Medicine students and residents to
train at the hospital. The province made an $8-million investment to the
hospital to expand on-calls rooms and add a new trauma room, learner work
stations and school office space. The first wave of students began in May.

    Acquired Brain Injury Services

    More people with acquired brain injuries will receive services closer to
home. An investment of $7.94 million goes toward a residential placement site,
supportive housing services, outreach services and funding for the Canadian
Paraplegic Association Ontario's independence training service.

    Physician Assistants

    Physician assistants are joining teams in selected hospitals, community
health centres and diabetes and long-term care settings across the province as
part of a 2-year demonstration project. In addition, Ontario's first civilian
physician assistant education program will be offered at McMaster University
in Hamilton with the first class of 20 students beginning this fall. Funding
of $1.26 million is being provided to create and develop the education

    Community Health Services

    The province is investing an additional $127 million in community-based
health services in 2008/09. This increased funding will result in more
community-based services provided by Community Care Access Centres as well as
additional mental health, addiction and assisted living support services.
Services for long-term care home residents will also be enhanced.

    Mental Health

    Sound Times Support Services in Toronto is planning for more space to
provide mental health services to 500 clients. Funding of $687,000 is being
provided to the consumer/survivor support program to purchase more property
and to plan for the proposed expansion.

    St. Michael's Hospital

    St. Michael's Hospital will begin planning for a new critical care tower
which would provide more treatment space for patients in Toronto. A $6-million
investment is going toward further planning for cancer, cardiac, neurology and
orthopaedic services.

    Mount Sinai Hospital

    Day surgery, critical care and emergency room patients would benefit from
improvements being planned for Mount Sinai Hospital. Funding of $5.5 million
is being provided toward further planning for the expansion of the emergency
room, consolidation of day surgery facilities and the relocation of the
critical care unit.

    Toronto East General Hospital

    An investment of $5.2 million is going toward further planning at Toronto
East General Hospital to provide patients with modern, state-of-the-art
facilities at the hospital. The hospital plans to update outpatient care
clinics, cardiac diagnostic lab, surgical and rehabilitation beds, mental
health beds and the respiratory centre.

    Assessing Hospital Facilities

    Through the Facility Condition Assessment Program (FCAP) Ontario will be
developing detailed information on the age and condition of the province's
hospital facilities. Funding of $8.6 million is being provided to VFA Canada
Corporation to conduct condition assessments of all hospital facilities across
the province over the next 4 years. The data collected will assist hospitals
and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in making plans and decisions
about needed capital investments.
    Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Mark Nesbitt, Ministry of Health and Long-Term
Care, (416) 314-6197

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