Riverside Health Care hosted local MPP Greg Rickford at La Verendrye General Hospital last Thursday for a public press conference.
Alongside Riverside management, board members, staff, and the public, Rickford announced the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will be providing Riverside with $62,000 in one-time funding for the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).
On a priority basis, HIRF provides funds to supplement an existing capital renewal program, as well as to help address renewal needs such as roofing, windows, and boilers.
Rickford stated the 2018-19 HIRF would allow “more than 128 hospitals in Ontario [to] immediately upgrade repairs or maintain certain aspects of their facilities.”
“We are going to be investing $62,000 in Riverside Health Care facilities to help make upgrades and improvements to the maintenance so that patients can have accessibility to reliable infrastructure,” he added.
Ed Cousineau, Riverside's director of Capital Planning, Engineering and Environmental Services, provided the crowd with a brief note on Riverside's plans.
“The funding today [Feb. 7] will help upgrade some of our older sections [of LVGH] to improve the patient experience,” he remarked.
With upgrades scheduled to begin shortly, the hospital will be able to utilize more areas of the facility to run further programs and services for patients and the community.
Janice Beazley, chair of Riverside's board of directors, acknowledged the work and advocacy Rickford has been doing on Riverside's behalf.
“He makes a point of making himself available to us when we need him, and we really appreciate that,” Beazley said.