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

    New Beds Will Bring 100 Jobs To The Region

    SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is awarding a total
of 128 new long-term care home beds in Sudbury 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 Sudbury, mean residents will have access to a higher quality of
life in a new, home-like environment."
    The $9.6 million investment will allow the construction of a
not-for-profit 128-bed long-term care home to be opened by the end of 2010 by
St. Joseph's Health Centre.
    "Today's announcement is an excellent example of the great results we can
achieve when we work collaboratively with our community partners and health
care professionals," said Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci. "While there are always
challenges, our government is facing those challenges head on to find
meaningful and long-lasting solutions."
    "We are delighted the government is moving forward with this new
investment to enrich our community and make life easier for residents," said
Mathilde Gravelle Bazinet, Chair of the North East Local Health Integration
    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: Jeff Rohrer, Minister's Office,
(416) 326-8016; 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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