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Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P.P. Jean-Marc Lalonde, HealthMinister DebMatthews,

Dr. Wilbert Keon, President of the Champlain LHIN.

Hospital expansion cleared

surgical areas. The hospital will also

consolidate services such as specialized



day care and cardiology into a new wing

The Ontario government has approved

that will be more accessible to patients. The

a $100 million expansion of the

new wing will accommodate about 5,000


morevisits frompatients. Theexactprice tag

one of the biggest projects to be ever

will beknownoncebids havebeen received.

undertaken in Prescott-Russell.

If all goes as planned, construction of the


addition to the 69-bed institution will begin


in 2013, said Marc LeBoutillier, chief

the addition will expand the emergency

executive officer of the HGH.


Since the province is funding the bulk of

it to accommodate an additional 3,500 visits

the cost, a $14 million local fund-raising

from patients. A new family birthing unit

target has been set.

will accommodate 70more births; therewill

“I knowhow important this expansion is

beanewintensivecareunit andmodernized

to the people of this community and I’m

proud to see it move forward. For area


residents, these new upgrades mean faster

and easier access to high quality health care

services much closer to home,” said Deb

Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-

just another

Term Care, who visited the hospital this

week to confirm approval of the addition.

“I’m proud that this investment will


improve access the care for the people of

Hawkesbury and surrounding area. I’d like

to thank the staff, volunteers and friends of

G l e n g a r r y - P r e s c o t t - R u s s e l l

Hawkesbury and District General Hospital


for their dedication, compassion and

dismisses the province’s approval of the

professionalism,” said Glengarry-Prescott-


Russell M.P.P. Jean-Marc Lalonde.

as being just another empty promise.

“I’m delighted the government is

“I don’t believe they (Liberals) have any

supporting our hospital’s plan to improve

intention of actually building this project.

its facilities so that residents ofHawkesbury

The panicked and desperate McGuinty

and the surrounding area will soon have

Liberals will say anything to get elected,

access to the very best in hospital care,”

only to backtrack later. We’ve seen this

commented HGH board chair Sébastien

playout in the previous two elections,” she


states. “They’ve had eight years to do

Sketch plans are near completion and the

something here for the families, seniors

project will reach the pre-construction stage

and patients who depend on the

this summer.


During a recent visit, Champlain Local

Instead they ensured that life has never

Health IntegrationNetwork chief executive

beenbetter for the insiders, appointees and


managers at Dalton McGuinty’s Local

as the biggest undertaking in this region

Health Integration Network (LHIN)

since the construction of Highway 417.

bureaucracies. Since2006, $12.2millionhas

The additions aredeemed tobeurgent by

been spent on administrative expenses to

hospital officials who note that “there are


major issues of space, safety, functionality

actual money into this expansion. This

and code compliance. Infrastructure

includes a bloating of executive salaries,

limitations aredetrimental topatient access,

with the number of Champlain LHIN

clinical service development and a healthy

employees making more than $100,000 a

work place.”

year increasing from 2 to 5. This includes

There are threemain components. Anew

the LHIN CEO who has now received

ambulatory carepavilion, 60,000 square feet

$61,000 in raises since 2006.”

on two floors, on the west side, will

Shecontinues: “In timesofurgent health

consolidate all specialty clinics, out-patient

care needs, we just cannot afford anymore

rehabilitation, dialysis and cardiology

of Dalton McGuinty’s scandals, waste and


broken promises. In total, $176 million

A new perioperative department, 8,600

health care dollars have been wasted on

square feet, will be built in the current open

salaries and administration for LHIN

courtyardandwill includeOR, day surgery,

officials. Local families deserve a

endoscopy and minor surgery.

government thatwill actuallyput frontline

The east wing expansion will be carried

care first. The only thing you can count on

out on two floors. On Level 1, about 15,500

DaltonMcGuinty to do if re-elected is raise

The Lowest Price, starts Friday, July 15 th to Thursday July 21 st 2011 ALL ITEMS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES, NO RAINCHECKS

square feet, emergency services will be

taxes again. He’s done it before; he’ll do it

expanded and the intensive care unit

again. The only way to stop the tax man

relocated; on level 2, about 8,600 square feet,

and the broken promises is to change the



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