Area hospitals getting $7.1M in provincial funding for upgrades, repairs

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Three hospitals in the London region are getting a $7.1-million boost from the provinicial government for critical upgrades and repairs.

Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton is expected to announce Friday the increases for three hospitals in his riding through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is set to receive more than $1.9 million and Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital is getting more than $970,000 that will go toward upgrading its elevator service.

Nearly $980,000 is being doled out to Four Counties Health Services Corp. in Newbury to help with roof replacement over its emergency room.

"Many of these small-town hospitals have been neglected over the last decade or two decades," said McNaughton, who represents Lambton-Kent-Middlesex

"It's important that we maintain these hospitals. They're the future of our communities. Our local community built these hospitals. We're continuing to maintain and grow them and ensure they're going to be there for generations of families to come."

Other hospitals in Southwestern Ontario also will benefit, including two in Windsor, with nearly $1 million going to Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and more than $1.3 million to Windsor Regional Hospital. Erie Shores Healthcare, near Leamington, will receive $345,000.

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Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press

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