McGuinty Government Works With Community To Support Health Care Plan For Vaughan

    LHIN To Advise Government On New Hospital Services In Vaughan

    VAUGHAN, ON, April 27 /CNW/ - The McGuinty Government is supporting
planning for new hospital services to start in the Vaughan community, Health
and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today.
    "Planning for new hospital services in Vaughan needs to happen,"
Smitherman said. "Vaughan is a growing area and we're responding to the health
care needs of the community to improve access to quality health care."
    This announcement will allow the Central Local Health Integration Network
(LHIN), which includes Vaughan, to work in conjunction with stakeholders and
the Vaughan Health Care Foundation to conduct planning for health care
services in one of the fastest-growing communities in the province.
    "This marks an important first step to ensure that any hospital in
Vaughan will meet the needs of our community now and in the future," said Greg
Sorbara, MPP for Vaughan-King-Aurora. "Together, with community residents and
leaders, we are moving forward for a healthier Vaughan."
    The LHIN's work will include advice to the government on hospital capital
planning and future hospital operations.
    "We are delighted the government is supporting the health service needs
of the Central LHIN community," said Hy Eliasoph, CEO of the Central LHIN.
"This first step will help move us in the right direction towards
understanding and meeting the needs of Vaughan and surrounding areas."
    Central LHIN is responsible for planning, coordinating, integrating and
funding health services in the Central LHIN area as of April 1st, 2007 and is
one of 14 LHINs in Ontario.

    This is just the latest example of how the McGuinty government is taking
the health care needs of Ontarians seriously. 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;

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

      -  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.

    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; 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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