July 17th, 2017
Province Investing in Renewed Facilities to Deliver High Quality Health Care
The Ontario government is continuing to strengthen and support hospitals in Kitchener-Waterloo with repairs and upgrades to Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital this year, providing patients with high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
Today, Kitchener Centre MPP Daiene Vernile was joined by Treasury Board Secretariat, Minister Liz Sandals, at Grand River Hospital, which is receiving $3,425,493 this year to revitalize its facilities.
St. Mary’s General Hospital is slated to receive $1,184,460 for repairs and upgrades.
Funding from the province allows hospitals to make critical improvements to their facilities, including upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms, and back-up generators.
“Our region is growing and with that comes increasing pressure on our local hospitals,” said MPP Vernile, adding “The Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund will help expand capacity at both Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital. This is a critical investment that will serve to provide exceptional care for people in Kitchener-Waterloo today and for generations to come.”
The balanced 2017 Ontario Budget includes a new $7-billion booster shot to health care, building on the commitment made in the 2016 Budget. This investment will improve access to care, expand mental health and addiction services, and enhance the experience and recovery of patients.
Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.
“These repairs and upgrades are crucial to ensuring all patients get the help they need now and in the future. By upgrading our hospitals’ infrastructure, we are helping Ontarians get the best health care close to home.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“The Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund has paid for many important upgrades in recent years at our Freeport and KW campuses. HIRF funding makes it possible for us to provide care in modern, well-maintained spaces so that we can most effectively meet our patients’ needs.”
— Malcolm Maxwell, President and CEO, Grand River Hospital
“St. Mary’s is allocating the 2017-18 HIRF funding to help improve safe patient care by addressing the general physical environment so that there is a lower risk of infection and a safer clinical environment for patients and staff,” said St. Mary’s President Don Shilton. “Although this strategy is being applied to all areas of the hospital, we are focusing our efforts on our major public and inpatient areas.”
“Replacing and maintaining needed infrastructure is integral to delivering high-quality care to patients and a great patient experience. This Hospital Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) investment will ensure that the exceptional health facilities in Waterloo Wellington, such as St. Mary’s and Grand River Hospital, continue to support staff and clinicians in providing the best possible care to local patients.”
— Bruce Lauckner, CEO of the Waterloo Wellington LHN
“On behalf of Ontario hospitals, I’d like to thank the Ontario government for recognizing the need for this vital investment. Given the continued capacity pressure facing hospitals as a result of a growing and aging population, ongoing investment in equipment upgrades and building repairs is needed to extend the life of all hospital facilities to maintain access to frontline services.”
— Anthony Dale, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association
- The province is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to hospitals this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).
- Grand River Hospital will receive $3,425,493 this year to revitalize its facilities.
- St. Mary’s General Hospital will be receiving $1,184,460 to invest in repairs and upgrades.
- HIRF was established in 1999 to assist hospitals in renewing their facilities.
- As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion to support the construction of new hospital projects across the province. This brings Ontario’s total planned investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.
- The government’s investment of more than $190 billion over the 13-year period starting in 2014–15 is the largest infrastructure investment in the province’s history. It is helping to build new child care spaces, schools, hospitals, public transit, highways and roads.
- Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care
- Building Together, Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan
Office of MPP Daiene Vernile