The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has announced a $2.3-million Exceptional Circumstance Project grant for the South Bruce Grey Health Centre in 2017-18.
The funds will be used for ongoing infrastructure upgrades at the organization’s Kincardine hospital, as well as repairs at the Walkerton, Chesley and Durham sites. Last year, a $3-million Exceptional Circumstance Project grant was received for Kincardine, which began the process of replacing the hospital’s boilers, chillers and other essential equipment to ensure patient and staff comfort.
“Without this additional support from the health ministry, managing the significant infrastructure needs and challenges that we experience with aging facilities, with our base budget alone, would be impossible,” says Paul Rosebush, president and chief executive officer of the health centre.
“The funding we received last year brought us one step closer to realizing our vision of a redeveloped facility in Kincardine, and with this new allocation, we will continue to press ahead with that important work. Our thanks to the South West Local Heath Integration Network (LHIN) and the ministry for recognizing and responding to the needs across our four hospitals.”
An additional $484,175 in one-time funding was also allocated through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund for facility projects across the entire organization for 2017-18.