Headwaters hospital to get $3.7m funding ‘top-up’ from Province

June 12, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Mike Baker

The provincial government is providing Headwaters Health Care Centre with a $3.7 million funding top-up as the local hospital continues to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In a release to media on Tuesday (June 9), Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones said the hospital would be receiving a 7.2 percent budget increase, which amounts to $3,726,800, to help the facility “meet current and future demands for regular services”. 

“This investment will help ensure that patients in Dufferin-Caledon receive the care they need, and the hospital has the funds to meet the demand,” MPP Jones said. 

In total, the provincial government is providing $935 million to small and medium sized hospitals across Ontario. 

Kim Delahunt, Headwaters President and CEO, said the investment would go a long way to ensuring the hospital is able to keep doing what it has been doing throughout the COVID-19 crisis, while ensuring other valuable services don’t fall by the wayside. 

“This is such positive news for our hospital. The funding addresses some long-standing pressures that we have had and allows us to more accurately plan for and deliver the programs and services that people need and expect from their community hospital,” Ms. Delahunt said. “This funding adjustment will ensure we can continue to be responsive, which is so important as our world gets used to a new normal.” 

As a further response to the ongoing pandemic, the provincial government has committed a further $341 million to make sure hospitals are in a position to continue providing care for COVID-19 patients into the summer and fall months. This includes funding for 1,000 acute care beds, 500 critical care beds and COVID-19 assessment centres.

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