Mississauga hospitals receive more than $3M in funding for infrastructure repairs
Trillium Health Partners (THP) will receive more than $3.4 million in funding from the province for a number of hospital repair projects.
These include replacing HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality, installing newer and more reliable nurse call systems for patients, and repairing roofs and elevators. THP operates three sites — Mississauga Hospital, Credit Valley Hospital and Queensway Health Centre.
The funding is part of $175 million the province is giving to 129 hospitals in Ontario, said Health Minister Christine Elliott, who made the funding announcement on Monday, Sept. 14 in Mississauga. The funding includes $50 million for COVID-19-related projects and other urgent needs.
"This funding is an important part of creating a better environment for our patients to recover in and will allow us to make critical infrastructure repairs and upgrades across our three hospital sites," said THP president and CEO Michelle DiEmanuele in a statement.
In the meantime, Headwaters Health Care Centre is waiting to find out how much money they will get.
“We expect notification from the Ministry of Health soon about the Health Infrastructure Renewal Funding we might receive,” said Kim Delahunt, president and CEO of Headwaters Health Care Centre, in an email.
Donna Harris, manager of public relations and digital media with William Osler Health System, said hospitals are responsible for maintaining their facilities to ensure safe, high quality care for patients. As certain building systems (such as roofs, boilers, air handling systems and windows) reach end of life, they require replacement.
"Hospitals built through the P3 procurement model, including Brampton Civic and Peel Memorial, receive ongoing funding for facility maintenance and replacement through annual service payments, as per arrangements established when these facilities were originally built," Harris said in an email. "As such, the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) is not applicable in replacing these systems. HIRF is a source of funding designed to support hospitals that were procured through traditional means to replace or upgrade these systems."
"Our ongoing investments to support essential projects like repairing roofs and windows and adding more isolation spaces can make a big difference to a patient's experience," said Elliott. "It's part of our plan to build the capacity we need to end hallway health care in Ontario."