All three hospitals in Waterloo Region are receiving provincial funding for upgrades, and repairs.
The funding, which is from the Health Infrastructure Fund, is part of a province-wide announcement of $175 million, including $50 million for COVID-19 related projects.
Over $3 million of that will support local hospitals:
- $1.36 million to Grand River Hospital for elevator replacements, ceramic floor/wall and ceiling replacements, brick repairs, the replacement of the main electrical switchgear and panel, and upgrades to building automation at Freeport Campus and ambulance bay roof replacement and replacement of reverse osmosis system at KW Campus
- $1.23 million to St. Mary's General Hospital for work on the north-facing building exterior, air handling units, and roof
- $658,295 to Cambridge Memorial Hospital for the replacement of the heating system in Wing C
The president of St. Mary's said the hospital is grateful for the funding.
"Even though infrastructure improvements are not typically associated with providing care, renewing hospital infrastructure is critical to our ability to continue to provide care safely and efficiently." Lee Fairclough said in a release.
"As our communities continue to take steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, our government is supporting our region's hospitals with funding to make necessary improvements so they can continue providing local residents with the highest quality of care possible. This $3 million investment in local hospital infrastructure will help ensure patients and their families in Waterloo Region continue to access world-class care in safe and accessible facilities." added Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris and Kitchener-South Hespeler MPP Amy Fee, in a joint statement.