|The Ontario government is investing $2.5 million to support the redevelopment of Brantford General Hospital and Willett Hospital. |
This funding will support planning to upgrade and expand the hospital’s two sites, increasing the total number of beds and health care services for patients in Brant, Brantford and the surrounding communities as they continue to grow.
“Decades of inaction and underfunding by previous governments left the people of Ontario vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Premier Doug Ford. “With today’s announcement, we are delivering real help to the people of Brant and Brantford as we build a more resilient and stronger health care system across Ontario.”
Through this investment, the hospital will be able to increase the total number of beds from 310 to 384 across its two sites. The redeveloped Brantford General Hospital is planned to include a new patient care tower and renovations to existing space that expand capacity for intensive care, rehabilitation and complex continuing care, and ambulatory services.
Major renovations at the Willett site will replace outdated infrastructure with high tech facilities, including a new satellite dialysis unit, expanded urgent care centre, chronic disease management clinic, and upgraded transition care for patients waiting to transition to the next stage of their recovery.
“Investing in projects like the redevelopment of Brant Community Healthcare System is a key part of government’s work to end hallway health care and ensure Ontarians have access to the care they need closer to home,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This investment will help the hospital to meet the growing demands of the communities its serves and ensure patients and their families will have access to high-quality care and services they need for generations to come.”
“I am so excited that the advocacy of the entire community has been heard by our government! I have been working on the hospital redevelopment since day one but having had the amazing support of the Chiefs, Mayors and their respective Councils, the Hospital Board and Chair and especially the incredible work of Dr. David McNeill and his entire team is why we are standing here today,” said Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford-Brant
Ontario is working with Brant Community Healthcare System on the early stages of planning to identify programming, operational, space and funding requirements, and assess how the project can further help address the health care needs of patients and families in the region. Based on early planning, construction is expected to begin as early as 2024, with timelines to be further refined as planning progresses.
“We are thrilled to have received this permission to begin earnestly planning our new facilities. Our sincere thanks go to Premier Ford and Minister of Health Christine Elliott for granting us the opportunity to move forward and the voice of MPP Will Bouma who was a relentless advocate for this approval at Queen’s Park,” said Paul Emerson, Chair of the Board of Directors, Brant Community Healthcare System.
Dr. David McNeil, President and CEO of Brant Community Healthcare System, added, “After two years of waiting, we are eager to develop plans for a facility that reflects the exceptional work that happens at BCHS every day. The Mission of Brant Community Healthcare system is to work together to improve the health of our community. It is through the efforts of our Master Planning Steering Committee, Brantford Brant County Councils, Six Nations and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Councils combined with the voice of the community that we have achieved this announcement. A new hospital is necessary and this is the first step and critical step in our journey.”