MHC receives $150K to support patients and families

MANITOULIN— An additional investment in North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) hospitals, including the Manitoulin Health Centre, is improving access to care across the region, helping to reduce wait times and supporting increased access to services that Northern patients and families rely on. The North East LHIN received $7.7 million more this year to improve meeting the acute care needs of fellow Northerners.

“As a LHIN we work closely with our hospitals to ensure quality acute care services are available for Northerners when they need them,” said Louise Paquette, CEO, NE LHIN. “We know how hard their staff and leadership work to provide patient-centered care while keeping in mind their financial sustainability. This special funding will support our hospitals in meeting the health care needs of Northerners.”

Recently announced in the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, additional funding was provided to hospitals to support population growth and changing health care needs in their communities.

“In recent years, hospitals have become more efficient while improving patient care, even as they face increased demand for services,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “Improving access to hospital services is part of the Ontario Through this additional investment, our government is committed to ensuring hospitals maintain a high level of care to address the increased health care needs of a growing and aging population.”

Improving access to hospital services is part of the Ontario 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.

Manitoulin Health Centre is set to receive $150,900 of the $7.7 million.