HHHS gets $293K grant for repairs and upgrades
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | July 20, 2017
Some improvements are going to be made at health care facilities in the Highlands with $293,500 from the province.
“I am thrilled with this announcement,” said Carolyn Plummer, CEO of Haliburton Highlands Health Services.
“The funds will go a long way to making much needed improvements to our facilities, which will in turn help us to continue providing safe, high-quality care and service to the people and visitors of Haliburton County.”
The money is coming from an Exceptional Circumstances Project grant through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF) program. It’s part of a $175 million investment in repairs and upgrades to hospitals this year, according to an announcement Monday.
This is the second year HHHS has successfully obtained funding from the program, said Plummer.
This money will make it possible to buy “a much-needed new call-bell system” for both hospitals in Minden and Haliburton. It’s a paging and intercom system that allows patients to indicate they need assistance, explained Plummer.
“Basically they push a button at their bedside and an indicator bell rings at the nursing station, alerting the nurses as to which patient needs help. Nurses can communicate to the patient through the intercom, and they can also use the system for overhead paging in an emergency,” she said.
Community Support Services, located off County Road 1 beside the Haliburton hospital, will become more user-friendly. Its parking lot and driveway will be paved, and designated parking spots for people with disabilities will be made available.
“Right now it is uneven gravel, which makes it very difficult for anyone using a walker, cane, or wheelchair or who is unsteady on their feet,” Plummer said.
Other work includes roof repairs at the Haliburton hospital and replacing shingles on the Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network building in Minden.
All of the work needs to be finished before the end of March, said Plummer.
A total of $11 million is going to 15 hospitals across Eastern Ontario through the HIRF program.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.