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Province gives $2.08 million for Emo hospital renovations


The $3.3-million renovation at Emo hospital got a $2.08 million boost from the provincial government Monday.

“Our government is committed to improving access to long-term care services for Northern Ontarians,” said Northern Development and Mines minister Tim Hudak, who presented the cheque on behalf of Health and Long-Term Care minister Elizabeth Witmer during a ceremony at La Verendrye hospital’s main entrance.

“This increased funding will ensure that Riverside Health Care Facilities can proceed as soon as possible with renovations at the Emo Health Centre,” he added.

“And I think this big announcement shows the province cares about the hard-working doctors and nurses we have here in Northwestern Ontario,” he remarked.

Riverside chair Craig Sanders was thrilled to receive the funding.

“We are pleased to receive the additional funding to refurbish Emo Health Centre,” he said. “We look forward to the completion of these improvements that will allow us to provide the best possible care to the people of our community.

“I think this will let [Reeve] Cecil [Ogden] and the other Emo board members rest assured that they have the province supporting them,” added Sanders.

Then increased funding provides 75 percent of the costs of converting most of the space at the Emo site to provide improved access to long-term care services.

Residents will benefit from a more comfortable and modern living environment, with better wheelchair access, more common room space, and better accommodation.

“We are investing in these hospitals to enhance the delivery of health care services and bring services closer to home,” Witmer said in a press release.

Meanwhile, Riverside board member Percy Champagne said he expects to see a funding announcement from the federal government concerning renovations at La Verendrye here later this year.

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