$4.5 Million to Support PRHC Recovery; Fight Hallway Health Care

Published on June 23, 2021

Today, MPP Dave Smith announced a $4.5 million investment into Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Ontario Invests $4.5 Million to Support Peterborough Regional Health Centre; Respond to COVID-19


Peterborough – Today, Dave Smith, Member of Provincial Parliament, was joined by senior executives from Peterborough Regional Health Centre for an important announcement. The 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, outlined a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments for hospitals in 2021-22. This includes an increase of $778 million in operating funding to meet current and future demands for services.

Peterborough Regional Health Centre will receive $4,525,000 to support ongoing operational needs and support specific services. Peterborough Regional Health Centre serves as an important hub of health provision within Peterborough County and across Ontario’s network of hospitals. Additional support for hospitals as part of Ontario’s Action Plan includes $760 million to help hospitals continue to respond to COVID 19 and an additional $300 million to reduce surgical backlogs.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus continues to be on addressing hallway health care. Increasing operational budgets and strategic investments continue to accompany our transformational reforms to how we deliver health care in Ontario,” MPP Dave Smith said. “One person receiving health care in a hallway is one too many. We will move forward with our efforts to end hallway medicine by putting the patient at the centre of care,” MPP Smith added.

“On behalf of the hospital’s senior leadership, Board of Directors, and the entire team at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, I would like to thank Minister Elliott, Ontario Health and MPP Smith for today’s funding announcement,” said Brenda Weir, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at PRHC. “This investment will provide much-needed support to PRHC in its dual role as a community hospital and a regional hub for a growing number of patients in the surrounding communities. As Ontario’s healthcare sector continues to face challenging and uncertain times in the months and years ahead, ongoing provincial support will be critical to ensuring we are positioned for continued success as we provide excellent care for the patients and families we serve.”

Through the 2021-22 hospital allocations, the government will provide each hospital with increases to their operating budgets as well as targeted funding towards key priorities. Initiatives include:

• Funding to recognize growth in the hospital sector as well as targeted funding towards key ministry priorities.

• Additional funding for priority services in eligible hospitals to cover increasing volumes related to cancer, renal, cardiac, neuro-services, and stroke, as well as hip and knee surgeries and MRI scans

• Funding to Ontario Health-Cancer Care Ontario for cancer and renal treatment services in hospitals.

• Funding to eight hospitals to support lease costs associated with off-site dialysis units and align funding responsibility for all community-based off-site dialysis units.

 In November, MPP Dave Smith announced $5.2 million to create 45 new acute and critical care beds at Peterborough Regional Health Centre
 Ontario is investing $27 billion over 10 years in capital infrastructure projects across Ontario