Erie Shores Health Care Receives Additional Funding


The province will be injecting some additional cash into Erie Shores Health Care in Leamington.

Health Minister Christine Elliott announced the PC government will spend $68-million this year to help nearly 90 small and medium-sized hospitals on Thursday.

Leamington's Erie Shores Healthcare will receive a $558,000 increase while Chatham-Kent Health Alliance will receive a $1.73-million boost.

Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls says the cash will balance a 'huge issue' for health care in small communities.

"There's been a funding problem with small and medium sized hospitals," says Nicholls.  "We're grateful that our Minister of Health and her team were able to find funds to assist Erie Shores Health Care.  "That's great news for the people of Leamington."

Nicholls tells AM800 News additional won't solve all the issues faced at smaller facilities.

"It's not going to end hallway health care, but it's going to go a long way towards making it easier for people to access the help that they need," added Nicholls.

The funding will result in 66 small hospitals receiving a one percent funding increase.

An additional 23 medium-sized hospitals will receive a 1.5 percent increase.

Windsor Regional Hospital is too large to qualify for the addition cash.

- with files from AM800's Rob Hindi