McGuinty Government Invests
In More Critical Care Beds
Funding Will Enhance Hospital Resources
For Better Access to Emergency Care
Brampton, ON April 20, 2007 - The McGuinty government is investing $1,000.000 so that patients will have better access to critical care services at William Osler Health Centre – Peel Memorial Hospital Campus, Linda Jeffrey MPP Brampton Centre announced today on behalf of Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman.
"The funding we are announcing will provide immediate operating support for the William Osler Health Centre. This investment will in turn will help free up emergency department resources so that hospital staff can respond effectively to the needs of critically ill patients," said Jeffrey. "These additional ICU beds will result in a more efficient Emergency Department triage process and reduce ambulance off-load delays"
The investment will go toward the operation of an additional two critical care beds at Peel Memorial Hospital. The new critical care beds will ensure that critically ill patients flow through the emergency department to the appropriate intensive care or critical care unit. There they will receive 24/7 care from specialized health care teams. It is anticipated that each of these beds will provide access for an additional 47 patients per year.
"We are pleased that there is a recognition that Peel Memorial has a consistently high Emergency Department volume" said Terry Miller, Vice-Chair Central West LHIN. "We anticipate that the new beds will be fully operational by the end of June".
Today's announcement is part of a $7.5 million investment to fund 13 additional critical care beds at seven hospitals under the province's $142 million Emergency Department Action Plan. The Plan, announced in October 2006, aims to relieve pressures in hospital emergency departments and to ensure that the health care system has increased capacity to meet the needs of Ontario patients.
"We recognize that hospital emergency departments do not operate in isolation from other health care services," Smitherman said. "This investment reflects our belief that building capacity in areas such as critical care services will address many of the challenges facing emergency departments."
This initiative is part of the government's plan for innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing better access to doctors and nurses.