Province grants $7.5M for improvements at Petrolia hospital

The province is pitching in to keep a rural hospital in Lambton County from closing.

On Wednesday officials with Bluewater Health announced they have been approved for a $7.5-million grant for improvements at the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital in Petrolia, Ont. 

The funds will allow the hospital to continue working with the town in order to meet the changing needs of its residents over the next 20 years.

"Bluewater Health and the Town of Petrolia determined that we needed to collaborate differently to ensure that this community continues to be served with a rural hospital," said Bluewater Health CEO, Mike Lapaine. "Clearly our collaborative approach and our commitment to working hand in hand to develop a hospital plan at the same time as a community plan is innovative."

Money from the grant will also allow the hospital to complete infrastructure and "life-safety" fixes, according to a news release.