McGuinty Government Increases Access To Long-term Care Beds For Guelph Residents

    New Beds Will Bring 192 Jobs To The Region

    GUELPH, ON, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is awarding a total
of 288 new long-term care home beds in Guelph to increase access to quality
long-term care health services, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George
Smitherman announced today.
    "Our government is working hard to meet the needs of communities that are
experiencing long-term care pressures," said Smitherman. "These new beds,
awarded in Guelph, mean residents will have access to a higher quality of life
in a new, home-like environment."

    The distribution of beds awarded is as follows:

    -   Extendicare Canada Inc. - 192 beds
    -   St. Joseph's Health Centre Guelph - 96 beds

    The $21.6 million investment will allow the construction of the new beds
to open by the end of 2010.
    "I am delighted that we are moving forward with the construction of 288
long-term care beds in Guelph," said Liz Sandals, MPP. "This will allow more
Guelph seniors the opportunity to receive long-term care closer to home."
    "Through our community meetings we identified that services for seniors
are a priority for improving health care in our area. These additional beds in
Guelph will go a long way to increasing access for seniors who require this
level of care," said Kathy Durst, Chair of the Waterloo Wellington Local
Health Integration Network.

    This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results in improving the quality of life for long-term care
residents. Other initiatives include:

    -   Providing residents with more nutritious food by increasing the food
        allowance by 33.6% since July 2003
    -   Funding 6,100 new front-line staff, including 2,300 nurses
    -   Redeveloping 35,000 older long-term care beds over the next 10 years
        to ensure equitable access to quality long-term care home

    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.

    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at: under the News Media section.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: David Spencer, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-4320; A.G. Klei, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
(416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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