Millions of dollars from the province will go to infrastructure repairs at some local aging hospitals.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has announced South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) will receive a $2.3 million dollar Exceptional Circumstance Project Grant for infrastructure renewal in 2017-2018.
The funds will be used for ongoing infrastructure upgrades at the organization's Kincardine site as well as repairs at the Walkerton, Chesley and Durham sites.
Last year, a $3 million Exceptional Circumstance Project Grant went to the Kincardine hospital, which began the process of replacing the facility's boilers and chillers.
Health Centre President and CEO Paul Rosebush says the money is vitally important, "Without this additional support from the Ministry of Health, managing the significant infrastructure needs and challenges that we experience with aging facilities with our base budget alone would be impossible."
Rosebush adds, "The funding we received last year brought us one step closer to realizing our vision of a redeveloped facility in Kincardine, and with this new allocation we will continue to press ahead with that important work."
An additional $484,175 in one-time funding was also allocated through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) for facility projects across the entire organization for 2017-2018.