THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) will receive nearly $475,000 from the Ontario government as a result of expansion projects, and improvements on some specific ER wait times.
The province is expanding services at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre to ensure that residents of Northwestern Ontario can get better access to the quality care they need, close to home. $236,800 in additional operating funding from the Ministry of Infrastructure will go towards the Angioplasty Expansion Project and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in the space created through a recently-completed redevelopment project.
And overall improvements in specific emergency room wait time targets at TBRHSC means that the hospital will receive $237,500 from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as part of Ontario’s Pay-for-Results program.
Investing in front line health care is part of the province’s Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services and improve quality and accountability for patients.
“I’m delighted to see the Thunder Bay Regional moving forward in such significant ways with the help of the Ontario government. These funds will ensure that people in Northwestern Ontario will have better, faster access to high quality care. With the recent opening of the new Lakehead Nurse Practitioner-led clinic as well, it’s very clear that our government is making great progress in improving health care in Thunder Bay, now and for the future,” said the always upbeat Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North and Minister for Northern Development, Mines and Forestry.
“Increasing hospital service through infrastructure funding often requires more operating dollars. As well, improved emergency room wait times are an identified priority for our government, and I am glad to see progress in this area,” added Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan.
“This generous support demonstrates once again that by working together, we can better serve the people of Northwestern Ontario. It is about teamwork. At TBRHSC, we think of it as “caring together”. The collaboration enables us to provide better Patient and Family Centred Care,” shared Andrée Robichaud, President and CEO, TBRHSC.