The Wallaceburg site of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is getting a $500,000 boost from the provincial government.
Infrastructure Minister and Lambton-Kent Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton announced today that Ontario government is investing in the Wallaceburg hospital site redevelopment to help patients and families in Chatham-Kent get the high-quality health care they need, closer to home,
“Fourteen years ago when this hospital was at risk of being shut down, I was one of the many people who rallied in support,” stated McNaughton, who made the announcement on behalf of Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, in a press release.
“Today I feel privileged to return and deliver a message on behalf of the Premier Doug Ford Government: We care about the people in Southwestern Ontario who rely on this hospital for urgent care.”
The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is receiving a $500,000 planning grant to assist in early planning work to modernize the aging Wallaceburg site.
The remodeled hospital will give patients faster access to a wide range of services including proposed upgrades to emergency, ambulatory and outpatient services, provincial officials stated.
“The people have told us that redeveloping the Wallaceburg site is a priority, and we are listening,” stated McNaughton.
“This planning grant will allow us to reimagine a new Wallaceburg hospital for the future. This is great news for people in rural Southwestern Ontario.”
Elliott added in a written release “the planning grant is a smart investment.
“Our government is improving the patient experience by ensuring hospitals like this one in Wallaceburg get the upgrades, repairs and maintenance they need. Proper planning is part of creating a sustainable health care system that is centred around patients.”
Lori Marshall, president and CEO of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, said the Wallaceburg site of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance provides essential health care services for the communities of Wallaceburg, Walpole Island First Nation and surrounding areas
“Today’s announcement builds on the momentum of our proposed redevelopment plans for the Wallaceburg site and reaffirms our commitment to rural health care now and into the future,” Marshall said in a press release.
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is a 211-bed hospital organization operating at two sites, Chatham and Wallaceburg.