Hospital to get infrastructure funding

The Deep River and District Hospital (DRDH) will receive more than $500,000 this year in much-needed infrastructure funding.

The funding was included last week as the province announced it is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to 128 hospitals through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).

The DRDH will receive a total of $544,722 under the HIRF. Details of how the funding will be used were not announced.

Other hospitals in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke receiving funding this year include Arnprior Regional Health – $343,461; the Pembroke Regional Hospital – $2,403,393; Renfrew Victoria Hospital – $1,128,184; and St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay – $524,758.

“The health and safety of patients and families is a priority for our government,” said local MPP John Yakabuski.

“That’s why we must make the necessary investments in our hospitals now, to ensure our providers have the facilities they need to continue to provide excellent quality care to patients.

“This funding will help ensure hospitals across Ontario are able to make the needed upgrades, improvements and maintenance so patients and families have access to reliable, quality care they expect and deserve.”

“This funding approval has been the result of significant work by our senior management team over the past several months,” said hospital president and CEO Richard Bedard.

“We have worked closely with Ministry officials, the LHIN, our engineering firm and our internal staff.

“These funds will be used to address repairs and upgrades that will help to keep DRDH in a state of good repair. We will be working in the coming weeks to finalize eligible projects.”