On January 27, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker visited South Bruce Grey Health Centre’s (SBGHC) Durham site to announce $1.8M in Health Infrastructure Renewal Funding (HIRF) for the multi-site hospital organization in 2019/20.
“This is the second consecutive year that SBGHC has received a significant capital investment from the Government of Ontario to ensure the infrastructure of our hospital sites can continue to meet the needs of the patients we serve,” says Michael Barrett, SBGHC President and CEO. “SBGHC intends to use this funding on various projects at all four of our sites, with the largest project being the installation of a sprinkler system at our Durham site to meet the requirement for all hospitals to have full sprinkler systems by 2025.”
SBGHC received $2.75M in HIRF funding in 2018/19 that was invested in the Chesley hospital to replace the facility’s air handling units and install a sprinkler system throughout the building. In past years, HIRF funding has been invested at other SBGHC sites, including the replacement of the boilers, chiller and generator in Kincardine in 2017, and in 2018, a substantial asbestos abatement in 14 locations throughout the Walkerton site.
“We thank the Government of Ontario for making these important investments in our hospitals,” says John Gilbert, SBGHC Board Chair.
HIRF funding is one-time capital funding for repairing and maintaining hospital buildings and infrastructure.