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Ted McMeekin
M.P.P. - Ancaster-Dundas
Flamborough-Westdale


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  Home / News Releases / MCMEEKIN ANNOUNCES ONTARIO MINISTRY OF HEALTH IMPROVES ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS  

MCMEEKIN ANNOUNCES ONTARIO MINISTRY OF HEALTH IMPROVES ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

 

September 7, 2007

 

HAMILTON- Children and adolescents will get better access to health services with the redevelopment of the McMasterChildrensHospital at Hamilton Health Sciences, Ted McMeekin, MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot, announced today on behalf of Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman.

 

"This initiative affirms our governments continued commitment and support to Hamilton and our local health care services." stated Ted McMeekin MPP.

 

Today's announcement means that Hamilton Health Sciences can advance to the tender stage for its child and adolescent mental health and pediatric ambulatory care services project.  This project includes renovations to support a new child and adolescent mental health program with a capacity of up to 22 new in-patient beds and expanded ambulatory pediatric care services at the McMaster University Medical Centre site. 

 

“Our young people deserve access to the best health care,” said Smitherman. “By moving forward with this project, we are bringing more health care services that are targeted to the needs of Hamilton’s children.”

 

 “We are delighted the government is supporting stronger programs and services for children and adolescents,” said Murray Martin, President and CEO. “This project will mean our youth will have better access to services.”

 

It is expected that renovations will start in fall 2007 and be completed in early 2009.

 

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in health care services in the Hamilton area. Other initiatives include:

 

·        Investing $1.6 million to support a new MRI machine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton;

·        Investing over $61 million for nearly 29,000 procedures at Hamilton Health Sciences since the start of the Wait Time Strategy;

·        Improving access to primary care services by establishing 10 Family Health Teams in Hamilton.

 

Today’s initiative is part of the McGuinty 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.

 

 

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Media Contacts:

 

David Spencer                                                                                                                            David Jensen

Minister’s Office                                                                              Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

416-327-4320          

 

Ted McMeekin, MPP

Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot                                                                                                        905-690-6552

 

Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161.

 

For more information on achievements in health care, visit: www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca .