The following news release was sent out by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care this afternoon.
Ontario Planning New Hospital in Picton
Province Improving Access to Health Care for Families in Prince Edward County
Ontario is supporting Quinte Health Care to plan for a new hospital in Picton so that patients and their families continue to have access to quality health care closer to home.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was in Picton today to announce that the province is providing a grant to help plan for a redevelopment of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.
This project would result in a new, modern facility that would include improved infection prevention, patient and family experience and staff safety. Support from the province will also help Quinte Health Care to:
• Better meet the needs of a rapidly aging population with increasing levels of chronic disease
• Improve the quality and safety of patient care
• Provide more effective care transitions
• Support greater collaboration and integration with other health care partners for a better patient experience.
Building and expanding hospitals is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“Supporting regional health care systems demonstrates our government’s commitment to improving access to quality care wherever you live in the province. The new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital will help patients and families in South Eastern Ontario receive the health care they need closer to home.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“This support from the Ontario government means we are a significant step closer to building a new PECMH that will benefit County residents for generations to come. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate this milestone and look forward to working with patients, our partners, staff and physicians to move to the next stage of planning for the new PECMH.”
— Mary Clare Egberts, President and CEO, Quinte Health Care
“About three years ago, partners who held various responsibilities for this very significant project, came back to the table and recommitted to a renewed focus in seeing the development of a new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. Today’s exciting announcement is an important one, and each milestone like this is an integral step in bringing the vision of this new hospital closer to reality.”
— Paul Huras, Chief Executive Officer, South East Local Health Integration Network
Ontario is providing a planning grant of up to $500,000 to help Quinte Health Care with planning for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Redevelopment.
Planning grants provide funding for early planning stages only — a planning grant does not mean approval to build.
Ontario is providing funding for over 2,000 additional beds and spaces across the province in 2017-18. This investment includes 15 additional beds at Quinte Health Care Corporation to provide access to care and reduce wait times, whether in hospital, at home or in the community.
Ontario will be providing ongoing support for hospitals and investing $187 million in 2018-19 to make more beds available across the province.
Quinte Health Care Corporation has a total of 22 mental health and addictions beds.
Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care
Building Together, Ontario’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
Quinte Health Care
Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital