A regional hospital is getting a major investment from the province.
Thursday, MPP Lou Rinaldi announced $4.1 million in funding for Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg.
Rinaldi says the funding will provide better access to care, reduce wait times, address capacity issues and better meet the needs of the changing population in Northumberland.
Hospital CEO Linda Davis says the community they serve is growing and aging, and this is long awaited news for the community.
$1.8 million of the money will go to fund the increased patient volumes over the last year.
Statement from MPP Lou Rinaldi: “This represents one of the most significant funding increases in Ontario history. I am proud of the support our government has always given to our hospitals and their operations. This allows for greater services and reduced wait times at Northumberland Hills Hospital for those accessing their services.”
Statement from Northumberland Hills Hospital CEO Linda Davis: “This is long awaited positive news for Northumberland Hills Hospital and the growing, aging community we are here to serve. The increased funding announced today, of which $2.3 M has been committed to our base-and is therefore ongoing-represents a welcome turning point for NHH. Thank you to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Central East LHIN for this acknowledgement of the long-standing financial shortfall that could not be corrected through efficiencies alone. These dollars will help NHH reduce wait times, address capacity issues and improve access to care while sustaining the core services our aging and growing community requires. In addition to this welcome injection to our operating base is the further $1.8 M in one-time funding. This will provide NHH with the ability to fund the much greater than normal patient volumes experienced by our team in the past year, including those alternative level of care (ALC) patients awaiting a more suitable care option elsewhere, while longer term system solutions for ALC can be found.”