Five Renfrew County hospitals get provincial infrastructure cash

(Pembroke Regional Hospital)

Five hospitals in Renfrew County have been given over $3 million from the province for infrastructure work. 

The Pembroke Regional Hospital will get the lion's share of funding for the area at $2.1 million, but cash is also being directed to The Deep River and District Hospital ($925,360), the Arnprior District Memorial Hospital ($540,687), St. Francis Memorial Hospital ($430,411) and Renfrew Victoria Hospital ($410,000). 

Area MPP John Yakabuski said in a statement the funding will ensure residents have access to dependable health care services and hopefully ease what he called 'hallway healthcare.'

"This will require investments to increase capacity in hospital settings and to increase community supports to better care for patients who should not be in a hospital bed," he said. 

"The latter can consequently lead to more hospital beds being made available for those who really need them."

The Ford Government recently announced $50 million would be invested in Ontario's hospital infrastructure and Health Minister Christine Elliott said the money will support essential projects like roof and window repairs and adding more isolation spaces.