BROCKVILLE — At a time when Ontarians are rightly celebrating the health-care heroes who have helped keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark says the Ontario government is increasing its annual funding to local hospitals.
Combined, Brockville General, Kemptville District and Perth & Smiths Falls District hospitals will receive nearly $12.4 million in additional funding for 2020/21, said Clark.
“Today, the Ministry of Health and MPP Steve Clark have again shown us that the health and well-being of residents in Leeds Grenville and Lanark is a priority. A 15 per cent funding increase is a testament to the work of the incredible heroes at BGH. I’m proud and grateful to all of the staff and doctors who work tirelessly to help the sick and injured in our community. The past few months, during the COVID-19 pandemic, has taught all of us how important our health is. We are fortunate to have a strong community hospital.” Jim Cooper, Chair, Board of Directors, Brockville General Hospital
The announcement builds on last fall’s major investment in small and medium sized hospitals, which Clark championed on behalf of the three area hospitals serving residents of Leeds and Grenville.
“Our government has been clear that the health and well-being of Ontarians is our top priority. Today’s announcement is another step forward in helping to create a sustainable and connected health-care system that can meet the needs of our community,” said Clark. “I’m so proud that our government is building on the historic investments we have made to improve patient care and support the amazing staff who deliver it in our local hospitals.”
“Steve Clark understands the importance of working together at all levels and functions within the health system. His continuing support of our funding and other needs at Queen’s Park is a key to providing the best possible results for our patients and families.” Robert Morais, Chair, Kemptville District Hospital Board of Directors
“We are grateful for MPP Steve Clark’s boundless efforts in assisting KDH to gain this funding. His tireless work on our behalf goes a long way in articulating our needs at Queen’s Park.” Frank Vassallo, CEO, Kemptville District Hospital
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, management, staff and professionals at Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, I would like to thank the Government of Ontario for the announced funding. The hospital will be investing and dedicating these new resources in needed hospital services that will support our efforts to advance high quality patient and family centered care.” Dr. Barry Guppy, President and CEO, Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
Here is a look at the additional funding for each of the three local hospitals:
- Brockville General: $9.93 million, up 15.2%. (Part of this funding will support the transitional and operational cost for the hospital’s expansion.)
- Perth & Smiths Falls: $2.129 million, up 5%.
- Kemptville District: $323,500, up 2%.
The funding increases are part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, which will see Ontario invest $935 million more in hospitals this year, including $594 million to meet current and future demands for regular services.
Clark noted COVID-19 related funding is not included in today’s announcement as hospitals will track and report expenses related to COVID-19 separately.
“On behalf of our patients, staff and physicians, thank you to the Government of Ontario for the increased investment of nearly $10 million towards healthcare in our community. Over the past year, with the support of MPP Steve Clark, our community has seen a more equitable increase in hospital funding, investment into the future health care through our new patient tower and more dollars put towards our aging buildings and infrastructure. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our way of life and reaffirmed the importance of safe, accessible health care. BGH is committed to evolving and investing in care delivery during this time of change. This investment will help us continue to deliver the excellent care that our community expects.” Nick Vlacholias, President and CEO, Brockville General Hospital