Today, MPP Ross Romano announced that the Ontario Government is delivering on its promise to end hallway healthcare and reduce the strain on the healthcare system in Sault Ste. Marie.
At a press conference early Friday morning, MPP Romano announced that Sault Area Hospital is being provided an additional $605,000 to support 10 new surge beds. This funding, combined with the $1.72 million previously announced back on October 19, brings the grand total of announced funding by MPP Romano to $2.32 million for Sault Area Hospital to date.
“Our government understands that one patient treated in a hallway is one too many,” said MPP Romano. “During the campaign, we promised to take measures to reduce the burden on our health care system: we are keeping that promise. Our hospital has been operating over capacity for too long. This $2.32 million will go a long way to reduce that burden.”
This announcement is part of an additional $90 million investment by the provincial government that will create more than 1,100 new beds across the province, matching the previous $90 million investment made earlier this year.
“Hallway health care is a multi-faceted problem that will require real and innovative solutions,” said Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-term. “Our government will continue to listen to the people who work on the front lines of our health care system as we develop a long-term, transformational strategy to address hallway health care.”
Joining MPP Romano on Friday was President and recently announced interim-CEO of Sault Area Hospital Ila Watson who said this investment is a welcome addition from the provincial government.
“Many of us consider this time of year the season of giving. The news today is especially welcome, as we know that the winter months are usually the busiest for community hospitals. Surge funding helps us ensure that patients who need to be admitted to hospital are able to be cared for in the appropriate beds,” said Ila Watson.
Since being re-elected on June 7, 2018, MPP Romano has announced $5.47 Million investments in Sault Ste Marie.