Brockville General Hospital gets $1.3 million for new beds

BGH celebrates the official opening of the Donald B. Green Tower with a $1.3 million funding announcement from MPP Steve Clark to fast track the opening of 10 hospital beds and one critical care bed. (BGH)

Brockville General Hospital is getting a $1.3 million boost from the province to fast-track the addition of a number of new hospital beds. 

Steve Clark, PC MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes and the province's Municipal Affairs Minister, made the announcement Tuesday, which will see 11 beds added at the hospital immediately. 

The 11 beds added include one critical care bed and were already scheduled to be added next year but the new funding means those beds will be fast-tracked and available immediately. 

Health Officials said the new capacity will also help deal with a backlog of surgeries and procedures that have been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Beds are filling up across Ontario's health-care system because of the impact of COVID-19," BGH president and CEO Nick Vlacholias said in a news release. 

"These new beds will help us address these challenges and help to care for our community members close to home."  

The funding announcement was made at the official opening of the new four-storey Donald B. Green Tower at the hospital, which opened to patients late last month as part of the redevelopment of the hospital that includes new inpatient services for mental health, palliative and complex continuing care, as well as rehabilitation and restorative care. It also adds 22 beds with its 93-bed capacity. 

The province has invested roughly $159 million toward the project while the community has raised close to $20 million. 

"The opening of the Donald B. Green Tower has been a long time coming," Jim Cooper, Chair of the Board of Directors at BGH said in a statement. 

"It has taken the dedication of our whole community to meet this incredible milestone...The dollars invested by the Ontario and local governments, in combination with the generosity of our community, is already making a positive impact on health care in Leeds and Grenville."