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MARCH 22ND, 2019
Ontario Continuing to Strengthen the Public Health Care System with
More Support for Ontario Seniors in Simcoe North
Simcoe North — Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced 16 additional long-term care projects that will add 1,157 new beds in facilities across Ontario.
Villa Care Centre, located in Midland, will receive 32 new long-term care beds as part of this announcement and 109 existing long-term care beds will be redeveloped. Westmount Lodge, which will be located in Orillia, will also receive 160 new long-term care beds.
“Our government is building a sustainable, connected and modern health care system, which is putting patients at the centre of care and ensuring that the needs of patients, families and caregivers are driving all our decisions,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “These new projects are part of our plan to protect and strengthen our health care system. Ontario’s seniors need to be able to have access to a bed when and where they need it, and their families need to be kept informed every step of the way. With these additional beds and spaces, our government is working to ease pressure on hospitals, and enable nurses, doctors and other care providers to provide better, faster health care for Ontario families and patients.”
The Government of Ontario is delivering on its commitment to strengthen the province’s public health care system by centreing it on the needs of patients, including Ontario’s seniors. The government is committed to building a 21st century health care system that allows seniors to remain at home as long as they can, while ensuring that there is space available for Ontario’s seniors who do need long-term care, when and where they need it.
This is part of the government’s commitment to adding 15,000 long-term care beds in five years, bringing the total number of allocated beds to 7,232.
“We are proud that in just nine months, our government has fulfilled almost half of our commitment toward new long-term care spaces in Ontario over five years,” said Elliott. “As we move forward to modernize our public health care system, the people of Ontario, including seniors, have and always will be our government’s priority. We will create a health care system that works for them and is finally centred on the needs of patients, families and caregivers.”
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