Funding increases for Perth Wellington hospitals

Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece (Bob Montgomery photo)

The riding of Perth Wellington is receiving over $1.3 million for small and medium-sized hospitals.

MPP Randy Pettapiece said the funding is vital to help meet the growing needs of local communities and end hallway medicine

As part of the investment, Stratford General Hospital will be receiving an increase of $1.12 million, St. Mary’s Memorial an increase of $80,000, and Listowel Memorial Hospital will see an increase of $149,000.

Many small and medium-sized hospitals face unique challenges due to financial and operational pressures, which impact their existing core services.

“The funding announced today will allow us to make needed investments in care, continue with our efforts to end hallway medicine, and help stabilize the financial position of our hospitals,” said Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance President & CEO Andrew Williams. “The leadership exhibited by Mr. Pettapiece on behalf of our organization and the constituents of Perth-Wellington was instrumental in helping secure these funds and is truly appreciated.”

Across Ontario, the government is investing an additional $68 million to support small- and medium-sized hospitals. This new investment is on top of the $384 million more than Ontario’s hospitals received this year as part of the province’s 2019 budget.

“The Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance is pleased with the Ontario government’s investment in rural hospitals,” said Karl Ellis, CEO of the Listowel and Wingham Hospital Alliance. “All organizations within the health care system are working together to address the rising demand for care at a time of serious financial pressure. This new funding will assist us in balancing our hospital budgets for this fiscal year.”

“Ontarians deserve peace of mind that our public health care system is sustainable and accessible,” said Pettapiece. “Our government is committed to working with rural and small hospitals to end hallway medicine and correct long-standing funding inequities.”