Pictured, from left, are Cathy Starkey (PECMH Auxiliary chair), Nancy Parks (PECMHF campaign co-chair), Dr. Elizabeth Christie (Prince Edward Family Health Team chair), Mayor Steve Ferguson, myself, Stuart Wright (QHC board chair), Shannon Coull (PECMHF executive director), Barbara McConnell (PECMHF board chair), and Brad Harrington (QHC Vice-president and chief financial officer.)
I've made two positive announcements for Quinte Health Care hospitals in the past two weeks. On June 10, I announced a 6.1-per-cent base funding increase for 2020-2021 that includes annualized funding increases for the hospital as well as $4.5 million to increase the regional ICU space in Belleville to accommodate four more beds.
On June 19, I announced that the campaign to build a new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital can move to Stage 3 of the five-step redevelopment approvals process. That means QHC will be able to begin detailed design work on the block schematics of the new 18-bed facility. The community has pledged over $11.3 million toward its $16.5-million fundraising goal. The government's share of funding for the new hospital is anticipated to exceed $80 million. To learn more about supporting the project, visit www.pecmhf.ca.
If you are seeking up-to-date information about federal and provincial supports during COVID-19, please visit www.covidsupports.ca/bayofquinte. You can also contact my constituency office for assistance.
As Ontario works to limit the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, I have made the decision to close my Bay of Quinte constituency office in Rossmore to walk-in visitors. Our Quinte West satellite office is also closed. This decision was not taken lightly, but it was done to protect the safety of both the public and my staff team.
Staff will still be available to serve via telephone or email during the regular working hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Should you require document commissioning and you have not been advised to self-isolate, please call for an appointment. We will work to fulfill your request while adhering to necessary hygienic precautions.