The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) is getting a much-needed financial shot in the arm from the province to help deal with overcrowding.

At a press conference on March 23, Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth announced $6.25 million in funding from the provincial budget to the local medical centre. A total of $13.36 million in provincial funding will be given to hospitals in North Simcoe/Muskoka to help improve patient care in the community.

“Our government is making sure hospitals across this whole province have the support they need to meet the growing needs of their community,” Hoggarth said. “That is why I’m pleased to announce, as part of the 2018 budget, our government is investing an additional $822 million dollar investment in hospitals across the province. This includes more than $6 million for RVH and more than $7 million for other regional hospitals to help them deliver the care that their patients need.”

RVH president and CEO Janice Skot said the funding comes at an important time as the hospital has been dealing with over capacity for some time.

“Never have there been more extremely ill people needing our care,” Skot explained. “RVH has been under surge conditions for well over a year, despite opening the transitional care unit the difficult flu season meant our occupancy rate consistently exceeded 120 per cent. Together we’re working hard to manage growth and capacity challenges, and ensure North Simcoe Muskoka residents have timely access to high quality patient-centred care close to home.”

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman thanked the front line staff at RVH for their efforts through the busy months.

“The surge conditions they’ve been under are some of the most difficult to work in,” he said. “Their hard work allowed the quality of care expected at RVH to remain unchanged.”

Photo: The Ontario government has announced $6.25 million in funding to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. RVH photo

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