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FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO
HHS Receives Support To Update Its Infrastructure
April 27, 2017
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) will receive support for its redevelopment as part of the new provincial budget unveiled by the Government of Ontario today. The province plans to invest $20 billion in capital funding for the province’s hospitals over the next 10 years.
The funding from this capital grant program will be used to redevelop and modernize HHS facilities dedicated to the care of 2.3 million Ontarians living in south central Ontario.
In 2015, HHS began developing an ambitious vision for the future of the care provided by Ontario’s most comprehensive hospital system. This initiative is called Our Healthy Future, and it proposes the long-term redevelopment of programs and facilities operated by HHS along with new care options in the community.
This redevelopment will enable HHS to meet the demands of the growing communities in Hamilton and West Niagara, and to meet its commitment as a regional, teaching and research hospital providing specialized services that in some cases are used province-wide.
HHS will also receive its share of the additional $518 million, a three per cent increase, provided by the province for hospital operating budgets across Ontario.
“We are grateful for this commitment by the Government of Ontario. Hamilton Health Sciences is tremendously proud of the care we provide to people and families in our local communities and from across Ontario. Today’s announcement is a vote of confidence by the government in the work we are doing to secure that care for generations to come.”
— Rob MacIsaac, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences
“Hamilton Health Science’s Board of Directors is encouraged by the government’s commitment to redeveloping our hospital system. The redevelopment proposal we have made to enhance HHS services over the next 20-years is based on the input of thousands who provided their ideas through our ongoing, two-year engagement process. Our planning work’s not done, but today’s announcement is a nice affirmation of the direction we are pursuing.”
— Norm Col, Chair, Board of Directors, Hamilton Health Sciences
“Our government recognizes the essential role our regional hospitals play delivering and researching health care that is among the best in the world. Hamilton Health Sciences is a critical lifeline for many communities and regions in Ontario, including Burlington. This commitment compliments the steps our government has already taken in Burlington and the surrounding communities to ensure safe, high-quality hospital care is available for generations to come.”
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and MPP for Burlington
“Today, our government is making a commitment to the redevelopment of Hamilton Health Sciences. HHS is one of Canada’s most significant research hospitals, and it’s an important part of the community and region of Hamilton. The work being done by HHS to bring care closer to the community in partnership with family doctors and social services agencies is vital for the future of our healthcare system. There are big innovations in health care being developed in our part of the province and I’m proud to be a part of a government that’s making those changes a reality.”
— Ted McMeekin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier and MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
- HHS is Ontario’s most comprehensive, specialty care hospital system with five hospitals and five specialized facilities in Hamilton and West Niagara. It treats patients from pre-birth and across their entire lifespan.
- The people of HHS, 15,000 staff, physicians, researchers and volunteers, help meet the health needs of approximately 2.3 million residents of Hamilton, Central South and Central West Ontario.
- HHS provides a whole array of services, from being a community hospital in Hamilton and West Lincoln, to providing highly-specialized, tertiary acute cardiac, stroke, cancer, trauma, burns, neurosciences and pediatric care for patients from our region and from other areas of Ontario.
Lillian Badzioch, Public and Media Relations Specialist
Hamilton Health Sciences