McGuinty Government Supporting Better Care For Patients At Toronto East General Hospital

    Investing $6.7 Million For Expansion Planning and Renovations

    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$6.7 million to support expansion plans and renovations to improve access to
services for patients at Toronto East General Hospital, Health and Long-Term
Care Minister George Smitherman announced today.
    "Ontarians deserve the very best health care, including quality hospital
care," Smitherman said. "That's why we're providing Toronto East General
Hospital with two grants totaling $6.7 million to undertake major renovations
and upgrades to improve access to services to better meet patient needs and
improve workplace health and safety."
    A $3.3 million investment will support the hospital in developing a
proposal and business case to redevelop various program areas such as
ambulatory care clinics, medical and surgical beds, mental health inpatient
beds as well as the cardiology diagnostic laboratory, and the respiratory
centre. This proposed project would result in improved access to health care
services in the Toronto area as well as improvements in workplace wellness,
safety and productivity.
    An additional investment of $3.4 million will be used to expand and
renovate Toronto East General Hospital's emergency and haemotology/oncology
departments, which will improve access to services. The hospital is being
given approvals to proceed with issuing tenders for these projects which
received funding of $3.95 million in March 2006.
    "We are pleased with the government's support for our redevelopment
planning and renovations," said Mr. Rob Devitt, President and CEO of Toronto
East General Hospital. "While the Toronto East General Hospital facilities
have served our community well since 1929, significant facility changes are
required to ensure that TEGH has the capacity and flexibility needed to
continue to meet the full range of acute health care needs in our community
for another 75 years."
    "To deliver top quality health care, we have to ensure that our hospitals
are in good condition," said Barry Monaghan, CEO of the Toronto Central LHIN.
"This investment will help to improve the hospitals' facilities and increase
access to health care for residents of the Toronto Central LHIN."
    This is just the latest example of how the McGuinty government is working
to provide quality hospital care. Other initiatives include:

    -   Investing $5 billion in modernizing and expanding health care
        facilities by 2010 to meet the needs of the province's growing and
        aging population.

    -   Investing $143 million in an Emergency Department Action Plan, which
        contains system-wide solutions to ensure emergency rooms stay open
        and increase capacity in the health care system to meet the needs of
        Ontario patients.

    -   Reducing wait times for five key health care services (hip and knee
        joint replacement, cataract surgeries, MRI exams, cancer surgeries
        and cardiac procedures).

    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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