Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced 16 additional long-term care projects that will add 1,157 new beds in facilities across Ontario.
The announcement includes 91 new beds for Southbridge Care Inc. located in Owen Sound. The facility is also re-developing 69 existing beds.
The Government of Ontario is delivering on its commitment to strengthen the province’s public health care system by centering it on the needs of patients, including Ontario’s senior citizens.
“Our government is building a 21st Century health care system that allows seniors to remain at home as long as they can,” said Elliott. “For Ontario’s seniors who need long-term care, our government is committed to ensuring their quality of life remains high and space is available for them when and where they need it.”
“This is great news for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. Our government is building a sustainable, connected and modern health care system, which is putting patients at the centre of care and ensuring that the needs of patients, families and caregivers are driving all our decisions,” said Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker. “These new projects are part of our plan to protect and strengthen our health care system. Ontario’s seniors need to be able to have access to a bed when and where they need it, and their families need to be kept informed every step of the way. With these additional beds and spaces, our government is working to ease pressure on hospitals, and enable nurses, doctors and other care providers to provide better, faster health care for Ontario families and patients.”
This is part of the government’s commitment to adding 15,000 long-term care beds in five years, bringing the total number of allocated beds to 7,232.
“We are proud that in just nine months, our government has fulfilled almost half of our commitment toward new long-term care spaces in Ontario over five years,” said Elliott. “As we move forward to modernize our public health care system, the people of Ontario, including seniors, have and always will be our government’s priority. We will create a health care system that works for them and is finally centred on the needs of patients, families and caregivers.”