County of Simcoe supports local healthcare at GBGH
Representatives from the County of Simcoe and Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) gathered at the hospital to see one of the X-ray rooms which will be renovated, in part due to Simcoe County Hospital Alliance funds. From left – Jane Sinclair, General Manager of Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe; Warden George Cornell, County of Simcoe; Matthew Lawson, president and CEO; Victoria Ansell, x-ray technologist, GBGH; and Angie Saini, vice president, Clinical Services and chief nursing executive.
September 15, 2022 – Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) is receiving $1 million from the County of Simcoe to support local healthcare in the Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny Township, Tay Township, Georgian Bay Township, Springwater Township and Beausoleil First Nation area. GBGH has chosen to utilize the majority of funds for the recent site construction and relocation of Dialysis services from Penetanguishene to a bright and modern new community location in Midland. Additionally, the hospital is utilizing funds for the latest stage in the redevelopment of its device sterilization department and the renovation of two X-ray rooms.
These funds are part of the $3.16 million the County of Simcoe pledged to GBGH for use over 15 years. This will be the second installment of funds the hospital has used from this commitment first made by the County to GBGH in 2017. This latest use of funds leaves a remaining balance of more than $1.25 million to be used at the hospital’s discretion until 2031. In 2020, GBGH used approximately $900,000 of this funding toward the redevelopment of its device sterilization department and paying the remaining balance on its new computerized tomography (CT scanner).
“The support our hospital has received from the County of Simcoe, and the municipalities which make up the County, has been so impactful for our hospital and what we’re able to provide to patients,” says Matthew Lawson, president and CEO, GBGH. “Earlier this year, we were able to relocate the Dialysis services provided to our community, to a bright new modern space which has vastly improved the patient experience. Also, continuing to redevelop our sterilization department means we have the latest facility upgrades to ensure equipment and device safety. Long overdue renovations to our X-ray rooms also enable GBGH to continue providing service of the highest quality.”
This is part of the County’s $45 million commitment to the Simcoe County Hospital Alliance between 2017 and 2031. The Alliance is made up of hospitals inside our region and one which cares for County residents – GBGH, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (Barrie), Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Collingwood General & Marine Hospital, Stevenson Memorial Hospital (Alliston), Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (Penetanguishene) and Southlake Regional Health Centre (Newmarket). It was established in 2002 to advise the County of Simcoe of ongoing hospital capital needs and ensure equitable distribution of the County’s healthcare funding. Since 1994, the County of Simcoe has committed $107 million to improve local hospital care and specialized services.
“County Council is incredibly proud of the care that is provided to our residents by our hospitals,” said County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell. “We know the importance of having world-class health-care facilities such as Georgian Bay General Hospital so close to home for those that we serve. From supporting with new requirements related to the pandemic, to assisting with the acquisition of latest medical technology, to supporting renovations and expansions, the County is committed to supporting our area hospitals and the communities we serve.”