February 15, 2018
This week Premier Kathleen Wynne and I made an announcement that will change the face of healthcare in Scarborough – the much needed redevelopment of the emergency department at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital’s Centenary Site. We were joined by MPP Soo Wong and Minister Tracy MacCharles.
Healthcare is at the core of a fair society and is very critical to the hardworking and resolute residents and families of Scarborough-Guildwood. Every week, several constituents visit my constituency office to discuss their concerns, queries and suggestions about healthcare services in Scarborough. My team and I are committed to hearing their stories and finding solutions for them.
Be it children and youth, families or seniors, all community members need peace of mind knowing that critical life-saving services are available to them when they need it the most, and that these services are up to date.
As Premier Wynne rightfully said, the times we are faced with medical emergencies are when we need the most amount of reassurance from medical staff and representatives. It is one of the most stressful and scary experiences to take a loved one to the emergency room, and hence, it is critical that those needs are addressed.
For this reason, the Government of Ontario committed $5 million to Scarborough Rouge Hospital and Lakeridge Hospital last year, so that key construction projects like this one could be planned. The work in the planning phase has now been completed. The upgrading and rebuilding of the emergency department is part of a larger master redevelopment plan, which is necessary in order to meet the needs of this burgeoning region.
The Scarborough and Rouge Hospital’s Centenary facility was originally built to serve 20,000 people. However, as of last year, 66,000 patients received emergency care at the hospital and this number continues to grow. The Centenary facility also opened new beds last year to help reduce emergency wait times and ensure that patients are being cared for in a timely manner.
As part of the master redevelopment plan, the new emergency department will be about three times bigger than it is today and will be complete with state of the art equipment and increased capacity and care for patients who need support. It is part of a larger commitment that our government is making to build new and better health care facilities across Ontario.
As part of Premier Wynne’s team, I will continue to fight for better healthcare and mental health services and improving emergency healthcare and seniors’ long-term, hospice and palliative care in the community and province. Creating fairness will be my ongoing engagement, be it through announcing free tuition for thousands of students, CPP expansion, boosting the economy, raising the minimum wage for workers, creating 100,000 new childcare spaces or introducing free prescription medication for young people in the province through OHIP+. I am proud to be part of a government that works tirelessly to champion new opportunities for people and businesses.
I am also thankful for the continued support of community members and local organizations that help me build a stronger Scarborough-Guildwood and make this riding the best place to live, work, play and grow old.
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