FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020
Quinte West - Ontario is investing in community health centres to create a better care experience for patients and to build more capacity within the health care system to help end hallway health care.
Today on behalf of Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, was in Trenton to announce Ontario is investing more than $14 million for the construction of the Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre (BQWCHC) on Catherine Street across from Quinte Health Care’s Trenton Memorial Hospital (TMH). The Trenton satellite site project will increase primary care capacity in Trenton and surrounding community.
“By creating a modern and spacious permanent home near TMH for the Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre satellite site, the Province is helping residents find more convenient access to the care they need,” said Smith. “This one-stop health hub will promote collaborative patient care and ease the pressures of hallway health care in our hospitals.”
Under the BQWCHC Trenton satellite project, patients and families will have access to patient-centred and integrated health care services, including:
- Primary health care;
- Dietitian/nutrition counseling;
- Mental health services;
- Health promotion and prevention; and
- Chronic disease management.
This project is part of the government’s commitment to invest $27 billion over the next 10 years in health infrastructure projects across Ontario.
“As part of our comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, we’re investing in innovative models to bring better care closer to home,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Patients across the province are waiting too long for care and finding it difficult to navigate a disconnected and confusing health care system. One of the ways we are going to help solve this problem is by investing in innovative health care models, like this one right here in Trenton.”
BQWCHC Executive Director Sheila Braidek and Board President Brad Harrington expressed their gratitude that the Province’s commitment has allowed the project to proceed.
“This new building will allow us to expand our health promotion and community programming and to better accommodate our primary health care services. BQWCHC has always been a community health hub. This project will expand what’s possible,” said Braidek.
“This project has been in the works for a long time and it is very exciting that we can now build a permanent home for BQWCHC,” added Harrington. “We extend our sincere appreciation to the Province of Ontario for its generous support of this important capital project. We would also like to thank Quinte Health Care and the City of Quinte West for their support.”
Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison was also pleased with the development.
"We couldn't be happier that this project is getting the funding it needs to move forward," said Harrison. "Quinte West residents will benefit from increased access to a variety of resources and services that will be available at the new facility."
Quinte Health Care donated land to allow the project to proceed. President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Clare Egberts said the preventative care offered through the Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre is an important element of the local health services delivery model.
“Quinte Health Care was pleased to donate the land for this project as we know that the Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre will have a positive impact on our patients and will help support the work we do at the hospitals by providing enhanced prevention, screening and health promotion. We are thankful that the Province of Ontario is investing in this project,” said Egberts.
The development will occur in two phases: Construction of the new building, followed by decommissioning and disassembly of the existing modular site at 70 Murphy St. During the construction phase, services will continue at the Murphy Street. The total square footage of those sites is 7,200 square feet. Harbridge & Cross Ltd. has been selected as the preferred contractor following a request for proposals process held in Fall 2019. The anticipated completion date of construction is Summer 2021.
Ontario has a comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, which includes making investments and advancing new initiatives across four pillars:
- Prevention and health promotion: keeping patients as healthy as possible in their communities and out of hospitals.
- Providing the right care in the right place: when patients need care, ensure that they receive it in the most appropriate setting, not always the hospital. This includes investing in community-based health services.
- Integration and improved patient flow: better integrate care providers to ensure patients spend less time waiting in hospitals when they are ready to be discharged. Ontario Health Teams will play a critical role in connecting care providers and, in doing so, helping to end hallway health care.
- Building capacity: build new hospital and long-term care beds while increasing community-based services across Ontario. This includes expanding access to community health centres.