CKHA gets funding boost

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance's Chatham campus. (Photo by Jake Kislinsky)

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is getting some extra funding to help its operations.

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton made the announcement on Friday. McNaughton said CKHA is getting an extra $1.73 million to address sector challenges and previous funding model inequities, promote the sustainability of hospital operations and protect existing core services.

“Chatham-Kent Health Alliance welcomes this latest funding announcement, providing for the sustainability of core hospital services at both the Chatham and Wallaceburg sites,” said CKHA President and CEO Lori Marshall. “CKHA is thankful for this government’s recognition that medium-sized hospitals have faced long-standing challenges with funding models and operational pressures.”

The Ontario government announced on Thursday that the province’s small and mid-sized hospitals will get a boost in funding. Health Minister Christine Elliott said 90 hospitals would receive about $68 million this year.

This new investment is on top of the $384 million that Ontario’s hospitals received this year as part of the province’s 2019 budget.