Recently, the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) celebrated and thanked County of Simcoe Council for its ongoing support of local healthcare.
At the event, County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell presented RVH with $2.3 million, the latest installment in the County’s $5.6 million pledge supporting the Simcoe Muskoka Child and Youth Mental Health program. The County’s latest investment is part of a generous 15-year, $45 million commitment to the Simcoe County Hospital Alliance to be distributed among local area hospitals.
“The County of Simcoe has once again demonstrated tremendous vision and commitment to improving residents’ access to high-quality, specialized healthcare, closer to home. The County’s ongoing contribution continues to strengthen area hospitals and support expanded services, spaces and technology,” says Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO. “This latest commitment ensures that troubled youth can now receive timely mental health services in RVH’s regional child and youth mental health program, which includes an eight-bed inpatient unit and comprehensive day program.”
The Simcoe County Hospital Alliance, comprised of hospitals in Simcoe County and Newmarket that care for county residents, was established in 2002 to advise the County of ongoing hospital capital needs and ensure equitable distribution of the County’s healthcare funding.
“The County of Simcoe recognizes the increasing demand for high-quality, timely, patient-centred care,” says Warden George Cornell. “We are proud of our long tradition of investment in local area hospitals and ultimately enhancing the physical, social and psychological well-being of our residents. There is a growing need for increased access to child and youth mental health services, and our investment today of $2.3 million shows the level of our commitment to delivering the resources and supports our communities need to build brighter futures for all the residents of Simcoe County.”
Since 1994, the County of Simcoe has committed $107 million to improve local hospital care and specialized services, including: cancer and cardiac care, emergency services, dialysis, mental health care, neonatal care and imaging technology. Of that pledge, $20 million was directed to RVH to double the size of the health centre, including the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program.
In the photo from left: Jane Sinclair, General Manager, Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe; Harry Hughes, Mayor, Oro-Medonte; Charlotte Wallis, RVH Board Chair; Lynn Dollin, Mayor, Innisfil; George Cornell, Warden, County of Simcoe and Mayor of Tiny Township; Mike Burkett, Mayor, Severn Township; Janice Skot, RVH President and CEO; Andrew Robert, Director and Chief, Paramedic Services, County of Simcoe.
(photo credit Denise Philpott, RVH)