McGuinty Government Getting Results For Patients In The Sault Area



    New Hospital Means Faster Access To Care, Better Quality Of Life

    SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty today
announced the Ontario government is speeding up access to health care for more
families by supporting the construction of a new hospital in Sault Ste. Marie.
    "Ontarians deserve the best quality health care when and where they need
it," said Premier McGuinty.  "More patients will get faster access to
high-quality care thanks to this new hospital - and that's a result that
really matters to families in the Sault area."
    Premier McGuinty joined hospital staff, community members and local
officials to kick off construction of the Sault Area Hospital.
    The new hospital will replace the existing facilities at the Plummer
Memorial Hospital and the Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital sites.  The new
hospital will have a capacity of 289 beds, house an emergency department twice
its current size and, for the first time, offer radiation therapy in the
community.
    "Today's groundbreaking with Premier McGuinty delivers on our commitment
to build a new state-of-the-art Sault Area Hospital that will enhance patient
care, improve our ability to attract and retain medical professionals and
provide a significant boost to the local economy," said David Orazietti, MPP
for Sault Ste. Marie.  "Past governments had no plan to move this project
forward, but today we are celebrating the construction of the largest public
infrastructure project in our community in generations."
    "This is an exciting day for our community," said Ron Gagnon, President
and Chief Executive Officer of the Sault Area Hospital.  "I would like to
thank our hospital staff, physicians, volunteers, fundraisers and the
community for their generous donations and support of this project.  We are
looking forward to our project being completed so we can offer enhanced
services for all members of our community."
    The Sault Area Hospital project is part of Renew Ontario, the
government's $30-billion infrastructure investment plan.  Under this plan, the
government and its partners will invest at least $5 billion over five years to
improve health care facilities.

    Modernizing hospitals is just one way the McGuinty government is working
with Ontarians to get results in health care.  Other initiatives include:
    
    -   Creating 150 Family Health Teams to improve access to doctors, nurses
        and other health care professionals across the province
    -   Speeding up access to care by funding about 1.27 million additional
        procedures, and
    -   Investing a record $1.54 billion a year in home care, which will
        provide an additional 95,700 Ontarians with short-term acute care in
        their homes and provide end-of-life care to another 6,000 clients.

    "For the last four years, we've been working together to strengthen health
care and get results for the people of this province," said Premier McGuinty. 
"When I look at how far we've come, I know there's no limit to what we can
achieve when we work and dream and build, together."

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