The city of Quinte West is making a multi- year commitment to the Kingston Health Sciences Centre.
It is making a $79,000 contribution beginning this year.
At an announcement Monday, Mayor Jim Harrison says “supporting the redevelopment of KHSC’s KGH site will help ensure Quinte West residents continue to get access to the best health care”.
The upcoming redevelopment project at KHSC’s KGH site includes building a new tower to replace the outdated Empire, Dietary and Douglas wings. The tower will create state-of-the-art space for laboratories, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, labour and delivery, operating rooms and emergency services.
Since 2006, patient visits from Quinte West to the Kingston Hospitals have grown by more 130%; the volume of demand for care is projected to continue growing.
Quinte West’s past contributions to UHKF have supported the redevelopment of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Unit, mental health and outpatient clinics. Improvements included increased space for patients, more capacity for a higher volume of visits and facilities and equipment that enabled new options for treatment.
Dr. David Pichora, President and CEO of KHSC welcomed the announcement. “As a regional care provider, we’re delighted to have the support of Quinte West for our redevelopment project. Updating of facilities like our operating suites and neonatal intensive care unit is crucial to our team being able to continue delivering excellent, highly specialized care to the entire region. ”
The redevelopment project is expected to be completed by 2025 and will equip care providers with the latest in facilities, technology and equipment, to better meet the needs of patients and families.