The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) plan for upgrades and improvements is getting a boost via a $5 million grant from the Ontario government, ensuring that children and their families continue to have access to high quality health care.
This grant will support the Toronto-based paediatric hospital in planning to improve hospital infrastructure, invest in new technology and develop a coordinated network within the province’s health care system.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, said: “The Hospital for Sick Children is a renowned leader in providing compassionate care for patients and their families. Planning for the future of this important hospital is all about putting patients first – it’s about increasing access to care and reshaping the system to serve the health care needs of Ontario’s children in the years to come.”
Han Dong, MPP for Trinity-Spadina, added: “The Hospital for Sick Children is an important community partner and a world leader in paediatric care. I am very happy that SickKids is able to move forward with planning critical hospital infrastructure that will ensure children and their families continue to experience the highest levels of care today and in the future. I am proud of our government’s commitment to continue investing in hospitals across Ontario.”
- Ontario is providing up to $5 million to help the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) move forward with capital planning.
- Planning grants help Ontario’s health care system respond to the needs of a growing population by enabling more sustainable, informed fiscal planning for communities.
- Planning grants provide funding for early planning stages only — a planning grant does not mean approval to build.
- Ontario plans to spend $12 billion over the next 10 years to build essential health infrastructure.
- Since 2005, Ontario has approved a total of $41.6 million in capital funding for hospital projects that are either complete or under way at SickKids, including $31.7 million approved under the ministry’s Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
- Each year, approximately 15,000 children stay at SickKids and nearly 300,000 visits are made to more than 100 clinics. Additionally, emergency staff treat 50,000 children and 13,000 operations are performed each year.
SickKids is one of the world’s largest and most respected paediatric hospitals, and provides complex and specialized services to children. A planning grant provides resources for hospitals to work with their Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to ensure a project is of appropriate scope and scale.
Investing in the future of Ontario’s hospitals is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come, the government said in a statement – CINEWS