Yesterday, the Ministry of Long-Term Care announced their commitment to fund a new 96-bed Long-Term Care Home in Deep River.
Today, MPP John Yakabuski was on-site at the Deep River and District Hospital (DRDH) to make the announcement locally. Mayor D’Eon of Deep River, Mayor Reinwald of Laurentian Hills, Mayor Sweet of Petawawa, and Mayor Grills of Head, Clara, and Maria also spoke at the event to express their enthusiasm for these much-needed Long-Term Care beds for the North Renfrew community.
Expanding on our campus of care, this 96-bed Long-Term Care Home will consist of 86 new beds, as well as the redevelopment of the existing 10 beds within the Four Seasons Lodge. The new development is planned to be located at the Deep River and District Hospital health campus at 117 Banting Drive.
This new Long-Term Care Home furthers our ability to provide excellent, compassionate care, every time. With this new Home, will be able to address the long waitlist our community has for Long-Term Care, allowing those who need Long-Term Care to access it closer to home.
“Our loved ones deserve nothing but the best, and the best is what we are building,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, during the March 18 announcement. “[This] investment is part of the government’s comprehensive plan to modernize Long-Term Care for generations to come. It will increase access to Long-Term Care, reduce waitlists, and ease hospital capacity pressures.”
Yesterday’s announcement was a historic one, as the province committed to a $933 million investment in Long-Term Care which will result in 80 new projects creating 7,500 new spaces and 4,000 upgraded spaces. Of the 80 projects, more than 60 involve the construction of brand-new buildings and 35 involve campuses of care where multiple services will be provided on the same site.
“We are delighted about this commitment by the provincial government that will provide the communities of North Renfrew with additional Long-Term care beds to better meet the needs of our aging population into the future,” said Chris Carroll, Chair for the Board of Directors for the Deep River and District Hospital.
“As an organization, we are thrilled by this announcement today,” said Janna Hotson, incoming DRDH CEO and Administrator of the Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care Home. “We have an incredibly talented team of staff and physicians who are dedicated to caring for our community at every stage of life. This new build will expand our ability to care for our community in an integrated care model, and support our local population to maintain connection to their community, stay close to family and friends, and live as they age in their home community.”
During this afternoon’s announcement, MPP Yakabuski said that today is a “tremendous day for Long-Term Care in all of Renfrew County and across the province of Ontario.” MPP Yakabuski thanked the DRDH leadership team for never letting the need for Long-Term Care in this end of the riding fall off the radar. “This is a tremendous community with tremendous support for one another, and I am proud to be the MPP to make this announcement”.
Pictured from left to right on is William Willard – DRDH Vice President of Operations, Janna Hotson – incoming DRDH CEO and Administrator of the Four Seasons Lodge, Richard Bedard – DRDH President and CEO, Chris Carroll – DRDH Board Chair, MPP John Yakabuski, Mayor D’Eon of Deep River, Mayor Grills of Head, Clara, and Maria, Mayor Reinwald of Laurentian Hills, and Mayor Sweet of Petawawa.