Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) will receive $416,737 this year through the provincial government’s Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) for repairs and upgrades.

This funding is part of a $175 million investment in hospitals across Ontario in 2016/17 to keep them in a state of good repair so patients can continue to receive “high quality care in a safe and healthy environment,” according to the province. This is an increase of $50 million over last year’s HIRF funding.

Intended to support crucial infrastructure projects to extend the useful life or improve the quality of hospital facilities, the funding can be used for upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows, HVAC systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.

KDH’s CEO, Frank Vassallo, expressed his gratitude for the funding boost. “This is really good news,” he said. “The additional monies will enable us to make much-needed infrastructure improvements that will enhance the experience of the patients and families that KDH serves.”

“I would also like to acknowledge the support of the Champlain LHIN in acquiring this funding,” he added.

Vassallo explained that the money will be used for projects like crucial repairs to the roof of the 1960s-era wing of the hospital.

KDH is one of 135 Ontario hospitals to receive HIRF funding for 2016/17.  The other Eastern Ontario hospitals benefiting from the funding are Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital ($1,408,588), Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital ($1,042,340), Brockville General Hospital ($312,259) and Lennox and Addington County General Hospital ($238,673).

The province also plans to invest $12 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure.

About Kemptville District Hospital

Kemptville District Hospital is Accredited with Exemplary Standing, the highest ranking bestowed by Accreditation Canada. Committed to building healthier communities, we are a model of hospital-led integrated health services within the provincial health system. Kemptville District Hospital consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Ontario for both patient and employee satisfaction. We pride ourselves on being a good partner within the system. Kemptville District Hospital provides primary care management services, acute care hospital services, and advanced orthopaedic care.

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Jenny Read, Communications Officer

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