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“We would also like to give our heartfelt gratitude to our communities for your donations and endless support in our time of need,” said Ruby Withington, TDMH Board Chair. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives forever,” said Al Lauzon, AHI Board Chair. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our hospital leaders, staff, physicians, volunteers and Foundations for your dedication and commitment to our patients and community during the recent crisis.”
On Monday, Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman announced additional hospital funding from the Government of Ontario that will be used to support current and future patient services, and invest in equipment to immediately tackle COVID-19, including $457,600 for Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital.
“The Ontario government is supporting Oxford’s hospitals by ensuring they have the resources needed to provide high-quality care and services now and in the future,” said Hardeman in a media release. “This increased funding in our local hospitals is another way our government is providing support for health care to ensure patients can continue receive the high level of care our hospitals are known for.”
“Thank you Minister Hardeman and the Ontario government for your ongoing support of and investment in our local hospitals,” said Sandy Jansen, TDMH and AHI President and CEO, in an email. “Our operational costs continue to increase and this investment will allow us to continue to provide the safest and highest quality care close to home for the communities we serve.”
As part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the provincial government is investing $935 million more in Ontario hospitals this year, including $594 million to meet current and future demands for regular services. This represents approximately a 3% overall increase in funding to the hospital sector.
The Ontario government is also investing $341 million in hospitals to ensure their ongoing readiness. This includes funding for up to 1,000 acute care beds, 500 critical care beds and assessment centres.