The Ontario government is providing $116.5 million to create up to 766 more beds at 32 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province at a time when many hospitals are dealing with surgical backlogs and trying to improve access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Markham Stouffville Hospital will be receiving up to $3,664,700 for up to 15 hospital beds and five additional critical care beds.
“As Markham Stouffville Hospital responds to COVID-19 and works to meet higher demands for inpatient care over the coming months, this significant investment in our hospital will allow us to continue to deliver safe high-quality care to everyone who comes through our doors,” said Jo-anne Marr, President and CEO, Markham Stouffville Hospital.
The new beds announced are in addition to the $234.5 million investment for 139 critical care beds and up to 1,349 hospital beds included in Ontario’s fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19.
This brings the total investment to $351 million for more than 2,250 new beds at 57 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province – beds that will add more capacity for hospitals, help with occupancy pressures and support the continuation of surgeries and procedures.
“Our government is making the necessary investments to quickly and effectively increase hospital capacity and reduce wait times for patients and families in Markham-Stouffville,” MPP Paul Calandra said. “This additional investment will ensure our health care system is able to respond to future waves of COVID-19 and help patients waiting for surgeries and other procedures get the care they need, faster.”