Local hospitals received some help as they work towards critical upgrades, repairs, and maintenance after the Ontario government announced that they will be investing over a million dollars.

Through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund, the North Bay Regional Health Centre will receive $434,386, the Mattawa General Hospital will receive $283,020, and the West Nipissing General Hospital will receive $333,933.

“These investments will help area hospitals maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care,” said MPP Fedeli. “Maintaining hospital infrastructure is another example of how our government is ensuring that the constituents of Nipissing have access to health care services they can depend on, especially during these unprecedented times.”

“NBRHC is highly appreciative of this infrastructure investment which helps maintain our various care delivery sites,” said Paul Heinrich, President, and CEO for the NBRHC. “Today’s announcement strengthens our Health Centre as we continue to serve on the critical front line of the battle against COVID-19.”

The million-dollar investment is part of the $175 million dollars the province is investing in hospitals across the province.

They say it will work towards bringing Ontario’s health care system into the 21st century.

The funding will help hospitals address issues such as upgrades or replacement of roofs, windows, security systems, backup generators, and fire alarms. The funding will also cover projects which support the hospitals in their ongoing response to COVID-19, such as updating HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, creating additional isolation space and negative air pressure flow rooms to increase capacity, and enhancing infection prevention and control measures.