McGuinty Government Increases Access To Long-Term Care Beds For South Simcoe Residents

    New Beds Will Bring 69 Jobs To The Region

    SOUTH SIMCOE, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is awarding a
total of 96 new long-term care home beds in South Simcoe 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 South Simcoe, mean residents will have access to a higher quality
of life in a new, home-like environment."
    The $7.2 million investment will allow for the construction of 96 new
beds to be opened by the end of 2010 as part of Specialty Care Bradford Inc.'s
existing home in Bradford Valley.
    "We appreciate the government's commitment to seniors and their families
in our community as reflected in this significant new investment," said Ken
Morrison, chair of the Central 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
           daily raw food allowance to $7.00, effective September 1, 2007

        -  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.

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For further information:

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

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