Haldimand-Norfolk hospitals will receive more than $2.3 million combined for upgrades and repairs.
MPP Toby Barrett announced on Sept. 15 that Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe will receive $1,843,245 for 2020 and 2021 through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, while Haldimand War Memorial Hospital in Dunnville will get $235,805 and West Haldimand General Hospital in Hagersville will get $355,810.
“This addresses a much-needed funding gap for small and medium-sized hospitals,” Barrett said in a news release. “During meetings with hospital administrators, I have long heard that small and medium hospitals were forgotten.”
The funding is part of $175 million the Ontario government committed this year to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 129 hospitals across the province.
“I am very grateful to the minister for this funding for our community,” Lucy Bonanno, president and CEO of Norfolk and West Haldimand hospitals, said in the release.
“This funding will help to ensure we continue to deliver quality care in a safe environment for all our patients. Maintaining our facilities plays an important role in a patient’s recovery process and this will help us address urgent issues and upgrades that are so badly needed in older buildings. It will assist us with infection control practices that are vital in these unprecedented times for our hospitals.”
The funding also will support the hospitals in their ongoing response to COVID-19, such as updating HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, creating additional isolation space and negative air pressure flow rooms to increase capacity and enhancing infection prevention and control measures.