New provincial funding acknowledges excellence in ambulatory care at Hotel Dieu Hospital

The provincial government has announced that Hotel Dieu Hospital will receive additional new base funding this year, as will Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care. 

On Nov. 25, Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala officially announced that Hotel Dieu will receive $284,600 in additional funding, while KGH will receive $890,900 and Providence Care an extra $1, 576, 300.

“Our three hospitals, serving Kingston and our surrounding communities, will benefit greatly from this investment which will help decrease wait times and hospital stays, and will ensure that patients continue to receive high-quality care,” said MPP Kiwala at the announcement at KGH.

The new funding for Kingston’s hospitals is part of an additional $140 million investment in public hospitals that was unveiled by the province in its recent 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review. The funding builds on an increase of more than $345 million for Ontario’s hospitals as part of the 2016 Budget and ensures that all hospitals in the province have received, at a minimum, a two per cent increase to their base funding this year.

“Hotel Dieu Hospital is very grateful to receive $284,600 in additional base funding,” says CEO Dr. David Pichora.  “We welcome this new investment as an acknowledgement of the excellent ambulatory care provided by the hospital and as a means of supporting the continued delivery of high-quality care and services to patients and families in our region.”

Across the South East LHIN, hospitals have been working hard to improve access to high quality care within tight fiscal constraints, says Paul Huras, CEO of the South East Local Health Integration Network.  The new funding, he notes, “will help to ensure that patients across our region continue to receive excellent care in hospital and are well supported as they transition through the health care system.”

 

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