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$8.7M to expand quinte health care network in Picton

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Shady Salah – Media in Toronto

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Friday a $8.7 million grant for Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital in Picton, Ont. He said the hospital will include state-of-the-art operating rooms and access to diagnostic services. It would also have 18 inpatient beds. The Ontario government is providing $8.7 million planning grant for a new rural hospital in Prince Edward County.

“Our government continues to make critical investments in our hospitals from one end of the province to the other," said Premier Ford. “Today’s investment is the first step in delivering a new hospital for the people of Prince Edward County that will not only create jobs and support local suppliers during construction, but once built, deliver quality patient-centred care in the community for years to come.”

The new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital will provide patients and families in the region with the following:

– Six additional in-patient beds, bringing the total to 18 beds in private rooms, with the ability to expand to 23 beds for future capacity

– A larger, 24/7 emergency department that will provide more space for staff and patients;

– Modern surgical suites to deliver care with the best technology available; – Dialysis treatments and diagnostic imaging; and

– Outpatient care services including minor surgical procedures such as endoscopies.

The helipad currently located at the hospital will be relocated to a nearby location, ensuring patients continue to receive emergency air transport and access to critical care services. Following design of the new hospital, project procurement is expected to begin in 2021. The procurement process will ensure a fair, open and transparent selection of a proponent to begin construction on the new hospital.

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