Smith announces PECMH can move to Stage 3

Pictured, from left, are Cathy Starkey (PECMH Auxiliary chair), Nancy Parks (PECMHF campaign co-chair),  Dr. Elizabeth Christie (Prince Edward Family Health Team chair), Mayor Steve Ferguson, myself, Stuart Wright (QHC board chair), Shannon Coull (PECMHF executive director), Barbara McConnell (PECMHF board chair), and Brad Harrington (QHC Vice-president and chief financial officer.)

I've made two positive announcements for Quinte Health Care hospitals in the past two weeks.  On June 10, I announced a 6.1-per-cent base funding increase for 2020-2021 that includes annualized funding increases for the hospital as well as $4.5 million to increase the regional ICU space in Belleville to accommodate four more beds.

On June 19, I announced that the campaign to build a new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital can move to Stage 3 of the five-step redevelopment approvals process.  That means QHC will be able to begin detailed design work on the block schematics of the new 18-bed facility.  The community has pledged over $11.3 million toward its $16.5-million fundraising goal.  The government's share of funding for the new hospital is anticipated to exceed $80 million. To learn more about supporting the project, visit www.pecmhf.ca.

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MPP Smith unveils dedicated COVID-19 support site

If you are seeking up-to-date information about federal and provincial supports during COVID-19, please visit www.covidsupports.ca/bayofquinte. You can also contact my constituency office for assistance.

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MPP Smith closes office to walk-in inquiries

As Ontario works to limit the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, I have made the decision to close my Bay of Quinte constituency office in Rossmore to walk-in visitors. Our Quinte West satellite office is also closed.  This decision was not taken lightly, but it was done to protect the safety of both the public and my staff team.

Staff will still be available to serve via telephone or email during the regular working hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Should you require document commissioning and you have not been advised to self-isolate, please call for an appointment.  We will work to fulfill your request while adhering to necessary hygienic precautions.

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Dedicated Ontario web page offers detailed COVID-19 information

Constituents seeking information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) are asked to visit www.ontario.ca/coronavirus. The page will be updated at least twice daily with information about protecting yourself, cases under investigation, symptoms and assessment, and the ways Ontario is responding to the pandemic.  The page also has links to the federal government's travel advisory information, public health agencies and the World Health Organization.

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Ontario commits $14 million for new satellite Community Health Centre in Trenton

Our government will be providing $14 million toward the build of a new satellite office of the Belleville & Quinte West Community Health Centre in Trenton, adjacent to Trenton Memorial Hospital.  Construction is beginning and completion of the new build is targeted for Summer 2021.  This site will provide a wide range of health services in a convenient location under one roof.  Joining me at the announcement are BQWCHC executive director Sheila Braidek, Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison, and BQWCHC treasurer Wendy Osborne.

This is an artist's rendition of the new BQWCHC building.

For more information, see my "News Releases" page.

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Loyalist College opens $3.2-million integrated health sciences wing

Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano joined Loyalist College President Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan and I at the official opening of the third floor of the Northumberland Wing Tuesday.  The wing features state-of-the-art technology and integrated practical learning simulation spaces for students in health, social development, and public safety programs. The Province directly contributed $800,000 toward the renovation costs.

During the opening event, Hastings-Lennox and Addington MPP Daryl Kramp, Romano, and I joined with other dignitaries to take part in some of the simulated on-the-job experiences the students will face.

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