$96,000 for hospital upgrades
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.”