Ontario improves access to dialysis in Hastings County with up to $4,899,600 for clinic expansion

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2022

BELLEVILLE – The Ontario government has approved Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s application to expand the Belleville Satellite Dialysis Unit and it will provide one-time capital funding of up to $4,899,600 to support the project, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, and Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington announced today.

The renovations to the approximately 6,766-square-foot leased space will increase the number of dialysis stations by five to 20 and increase space to provide training for peritoneal and home dialysis services.  

The project addresses a growing need for hemodialysis in Hastings County. The unit operates at near full capacity now and projections indicate demand will increase by 15 per cent within the next decade, considering population growth and aging demographics.  There is also the potential that some residents now travelling to Napanee or Kingston for appointments at Multi-Care Kidney Clinics will be able to receive care in Belleville.

“Our government believes health care works best for patients when they can receive the appropriate care closer to home,” said Smith. “This significant investment in the Belleville Satellite Dialysis Unit ensures the residents of our region relying on dialysis will have convenient access to the modern facilities they need. We have listened to their wishes.”

Kramp credited KHSC for its leadership in planning for increased demand.

“Kingston Health Sciences Centre is a leader for health care in this province. Two weeks ago in Kingston, we announced an upgrade to the renal care there with a new satellite dialysis unit in Kingston as the existing Kingston General Hospital facility nears full capacity. Their planning skills are shown once again here in Belleville with this satellite upgrade,” Kramp said. “KHSC shows they put patients first and understand how to make things happen before there are capacity issues.”

The hospital’s representatives were pleased the plans they developed with local health-care stakeholders garnered the Province’s support.

“We are grateful for this support from the provincial government, MPP Smith, and MPP Kramp to expand the dialysis treatment and enhance resources for people in the Quinte area living with chronic kidney disease,” said Dr. Renate Ilse, KHSC Chief Operating Officer.

Brenda Carter, KHSC’s Executive Vice-President of Quality and Partnerships and Regional VP of Cancer Care, added: “Working collaboratively with patients and families and our partners in government, at Quinte Health Care and in the community has brought us here today and it is how we help improve the health-care experiences and outcomes of those we serve.  The funding announced today will ensure that we continue to deliver more care closer to people’s homes and meet the demand for dialysis and other multidisciplinary care in the Quinte area for many years to come.”

QUICK FACTS

  • Renal care in Ontario is delivered regionally with 12 hospitals, like KHSC, acting as hub sites. They also oversee satellite facilities, such as those in Belleville and Picton. To learn more about the plan for renal care, please visit ontariorenalnetwork.ca.
  • Leading up to the release of the most recent Ontario Renal Plan in 2019, the number of people requiring dialysis had grown by an average of 2.3 per cent per year and nearly 12,000 Ontario residents were receiving chronic dialysis. The demand for at-home dialysis has also been increasing steadily in recent years.
  • Ontario’s overall investments in health continue to increase. In 2021-2022, the Ministry of Health budget has increased to more than $77 billion, which represents a 14.6-per-cent increase over the budget for 2020-2021.

 


Ontario provides $2.8 million to modernize postsecondary infrastructure at Loyalist College

BELLEVILLE – The Ontario government is investing $2.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 at Loyalist College to help provide a modern and safe learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, both on campus and virtually,  announced Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, and Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington.

The funding will help Loyalist College to acquire lab equipment to support new and existing programming and applied research in health and food sciences, replace and upgrade equipment in the Health, Human and Justice Studies program on the Belleville campus used in courses such as nursing, massage therapy, paramedics and dementia studies, and to complete generator replacement and electrical upgrades.

“This support will ensure students at Loyalist College have access to modern instructional equipment to meet business and industry standards, increased participation in micro-credentials, and an enhanced overall experience,” said Smith.

Added Kramp: “By investing in postsecondary infrastructure, we are not only supporting our local economy, but ensuring students get the skills needed for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Loyalist College, welcomed the funding.

“From our personalized academic, career and wellness services, to our unparalleled experiential hands-on learning opportunities through applied research and community partnership, Loyalist College is singularly focused on ensuring our students have everything they need to succeed in their postsecondary journeys and arrive at their career destinations,” said Vaughan

 “Thank you to the Government of Ontario for this providing this generous funding as we build state-of-the-art campus infrastructure and facilities so Loyalist can drive social and economic development in a post-COVID recovery through preparing career-ready graduates who are ready to make an immediate impact in the workforce.”

The investment is part of a $583-million provincial commitment over three years to help post-secondary institutions modernize classrooms by upgrading technology, carrying out critical repairs, improving their environmental sustainability, and supporting virtual learning projects that increase access to post-secondary education.

“Ontario’s postsecondary institutions offer world-class education, which is critical to the future of the province and our economy,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Our government’s investments to build Ontario will help colleges and universities renew and modernize their facilities and buy vital training equipment so they can continue to deliver high quality education to students – any time and anywhere.”

QUICK FACTS

  • As announced in the 2021 Ontario Budget, the funding is part of the government’s $583 million investment over three years to help colleges and universities maintain and renew their facilities and buy state-of-the-art instructional equipment.
  • $493 million will be provided over three years through the Facilities Renewal Program to help publicly assisted colleges and universities with the critical maintenance, repairs, upgrades and renewal of existing facilities.
  • $60 million will be provided over three years through the College Equipment and Renewal Fund to help colleges buy and renew instructional equipment and learning resources.
  • $30 million will be provided over three years through the new Training Equipment and Renewal Fund to hep universities purchase and renew modern, state-of-the art equipment.

Ontario building additional new long-term care beds in Prince Edward County

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2022

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY – The Ontario government is adding 31 new and upgrading 97 beds at the Hallowell House near Picton, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced today.

The redevelopment is part of the government’s $6.4 billion commitment to build more than 30,000 net new beds by 2028 and 28,000 upgraded long-term care beds across the province.

“We know there is a great demand for long-term care beds in Prince Edward County and across our region now and our aging demographics and fast-growing communities suggest the need is only going to increase,” said Smith. “Our government is taking the necessary steps to build modern beds so that people can receive the care they need closer to home.”

Wendy Gilmour, the Senior Vice-President of Long-Term Care at Revera, which owns Hallowell House, welcomed news of the provincial investment.

“The redevelopment and expansion of Hallowell House demonstrates Revera’s commitment to renewing our long-term care infrastructure. This new, larger 128-bed Picton home will incorporate the latest design standards to create a safe, home-like environment for residents, better working conditions for staff, and greater access to care in Prince Edward County,” said Gilmour. “Revera looks forward to working with the Ministry of Long-Term Care and Prince Edward County in getting this project underway.”

Including the project at Hallowell House, there are now 533 new and 395 upgraded long-term care beds in development, under construction, or completed in the area, including the following projects:

  • 76 new and 84 upgraded beds at H.J. McFarland Memorial Home
  • 72 new and 88 upgraded beds at Westgate Lodge
  • 62 new and 66 upgraded beds at Village Green
  • 128 new beds at Lennox & Addington County General Hospital
  • 128 new beds at Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
  • 36 new and 60 upraded beds at Friendly Manor Nursing Home

“Our government has a plan to fix long-term care and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “When the construction at this home is complete, it will be a place for 128 local seniors to call home, near their family and friends.”

The plan is built on three pillars: staffing and care; accountability, enforcement, and transparency; and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for seniors.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario has over 22,000 new and 18,000 upgraded beds in the development pipeline — which means more than 76 percent of the 30,000 net new beds being delivered are in the planning, construction and opening stages of the development process.
  • Ontario plans to invest an additional $3.7 billion, beginning in 2024-25, on top of the historic $2.68 billion already invested, to support this new series of allocations for the development of 10,000 net new and more than 12,000 upgraded beds across the province. These historic investments would bring the total to $6.4 billion since spring 2019.
  • In response to the evolving Omicron situation, the Province has put additional measures in place to protect residents, staff and caregivers, including making fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available to residents who received their third dose at least three months ago, and making third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for staff, students, volunteers, caregivers and support workers.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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