Our community, Cornwall and the Greater SD&G area, is changing. This is obvious when you drive around the area and see all of the new construction taking place consisting of homes, businesses, farms and even our community hospital. The renovations / additions to our hospitals that we see taking shape today are thanks in large part to our recently retired MPP Jim Brownell.
One of the first goals that Jim set when he took office was to improve health care in our riding. It was that goal that lead to the province heavily investing in the capital projects that has drastically improved the conditions in Cornwall and the Greater SD&G area. Since amalgamation of the two Cornwall hospitals in 2004 the operating budget for the Cornwall Community Hospital increased from $53 million to this past year’s $71 million. It is the combination of the capitol projects, the considerable increase in operating budget and the new Ministry of Health Funding model that sets our hospitals up for continued success in the future.
With changing the funding model to the Health Based Allocation Model, which was asked for by the Ontario Hospital Association our area is set up for success. This type of model has been used and proven in Sweden since 1992. In a system that rewards based on patient outcome it makes sense that a new and renewed facility with state of the art equipment will be able to provide positive outcomes for patients. This new model is demographic driven which means funding that matches the people’s needs in our community.
In our community we have been well supported by the Provincial Liberal Government and the Ministry of Health through the major capital projects and considerable increase to the Cornwall Community Hospital operating budget. These positive changes have set the conditions for success within the new Health Based Allocation Model. We can be proud of these recent achievements and continue to work to strengthen our community’s health care as we move forward together.
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