Ontario Investing in Hospital Upgrades and Repairs in Kenora–Rainy River

Published on September 21, 2020

Supporting Hospital Infrastructure Projects to Ensure a Safe Environment for Patients 

KENORA–RAINY RIVER — The Ontario government, through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, is investing in hospital upgrades and repairs in Kenora–Rainy River. For 2020/21, the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora will receive $316,999, the Dryden Regional Health Centre will receive $147,767, and Riverside Health Care Facilities in Fort Frances will receive $108,379.

 “Our government will continue to prioritize the health of Northwestern Ontarians as we respond to COVID-19, through the support of our health care facilities,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River. “This investment in hospital infrastructure across Kenora–Rainy River will greatly enhance the safety and comfort of patients, staff, and families while they receive or provide expert care. Northerners often need to travel great distances to our hospitals, and through this funding we are ensuring that, once arrived, they are able to receive services in safe, comfortable facilities.”

 This year, Ontario is investing $175 million to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance in 129 hospitals across the province, including $50 million for COVID-19 related and other urgent projects. Through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, this funding will help hospitals maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care.

 “Maintaining hospital infrastructure is another example of how our government is ensuring that Ontarians have access to health care services they can depend on, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Our ongoing investments to support essential projects like repairing roofs and windows and adding more isolation spaces can make a big difference to a patient's experience. It’s part of our plan to build the capacity we need to end hallway health care in Ontario.”

 As the government continues to work toward bringing Ontario's world class health care system into the 21st century, this funding will help hospitals address urgent issues such as upgrades or replacement of roofs, windows, security systems, backup generators and fire alarms. Projects will also 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.

 “Lake of the Woods District Hospital is appreciative of the funding approval of $316,999 by the Ministry of Health from the Health Infrastructure Fund. This approval will enable the hospital to renovate space for supporting expansion of Dialysis services at our site, a critical need for Dialysis patients we serve, as well as other infrastructure changes of urgent need in our aging facility,” said Ray Racette, President & CEO of Lake of the Woods District Hospital. “We also extend appreciation to Minister Greg Rickford for his ongoing advocacy for investing in our infrastructure renewal”.

“Riverside’s focus always remains the delivery of quality health care to our communities. Health Infrastructure Renewal Funding supports critical infrastructure upgrades and repairs at our hospital locations. In these challenging times, this funding is especially important,” said Henry Gauthier, President & CEO of Riverside Health Care in Fort Frances. "Our team at Riverside appreciates this infrastructure funding that demonstrates the government’s commitment to health care across the Rainy River District, and enables the continued delivery of quality care to our patients.”

 “The Dryden Regional Health Centre takes pride in maintaining a safe, clean, efficient hospital facility and appreciates the ongoing financial support of the government of Ontario through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund,” said Doreen Armstrong-Ross, CEO of the Dryden Regional Health Centre. “This welcomed support enables us to upgrade and maintain hot water heating pumps and boilers, and upgrade our master medical air system. Projects like these that are more behind the scene and perhaps a bit less glamorous are equally as important to the operations of the hospital, the comfort of our patients, and our ability to provide quality care.”

 QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is investing an additional $7.4 million to address ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.