$96,000 for hos­pi­tal up­grades

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

Hôpi­tal Glen­garry Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Alexan­dria will re­ceive just over $96,000 from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to do re­pairs around the build­ing.

Hos­pi­tal CEO Linda Mor­row says that $20,000 will go to win­dow re­place­ment, $35,000 for fire sup­pres­sion equip­ment, such as sprin­klers, in its court­yard and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion area, and $40,000 for a re­design of its hot wa­ter sys­tem.

Ms. Mor­row says that the cur­rent sys­tem is 51 years old, the same age as the build­ing it­self.

Last month, the gov­ern­ment an­nounced it would spend $11 mil­lion to help 15 hos­pi­tals in Eastern On­tario un­dergo re­pairs and up­grades. Some of the hos­pi­tals – like Ren­frew Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal and Arn­prior Re­gional Health – drew more than $2 mil­lion from the fund while other hos­pi­tals, like Ross Me­mo­rial, drew only $40,000.

HGMH ac­tu­ally re­ceived less money for up­grades this year. Last year, it got about $115,000

Ms. Mor­row says that the fund­ing amount is based on hos­pi­tal as­sess­ments.

“The [gov­ern­ment] goes around ev­ery three years and as­sesses the in­fra­struc­ture – roof, win­dows, boil­ers – and they rate it.”

Ac­cord­ing to Phillipe Mur­phy-Rhéaume, Press Sec­re­tary and Is­sues Man­ager for On­tario Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs, the gov­ern­ment “works closely with hos­pi­tals on an on­go­ing ba­sis to stay in­formed on their cap­i­tal needs. Fac­tors such as age of fa­cil­i­ties and ur­gency of need are taken into ac­count when eval­u­at­ing cap­i­tal needs from hos­pi­tals for the pur­poses of de­ter­min­ing fund­ing.”

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