Madame Speaker, last night I had the pleasure of participating in a community health information session in O’Leary.
Over the past two years, under the leadership of their house physician Dr. Gil Grimes, Community Hospital O’Leary has been a pioneer in extended care in this province. Through our new health care initiatives, it will continue to specialize in extended care, and see enormous benefits from increased access to primary care and general practitioners, as well as better access to ground ambulance services.
Last night I also reiterated government’s commitment to long term care in O’Leary.
Government has invested approximately $2.5 million in the Margaret Stewart Ellis Home in O’Leary as part of its $65 million manor replacement program, one of the pillars of our provincial Healthy Aging Strategy.
The expansion was completed earlier this year, and in February we were pleased to see the first 8 residents moved into their new home.
The commitment from government was to add 15 beds in O’Leary… so last night I was pleased to confirm that all of the remaining 7 beds will be staffed and opened over the next 2 months.
Having all 15 new long term care beds open will help to provide better access and better care for our Island seniors.
These additional beds will further help to reduce the wait list pressures in west prince and at Prince County Hospital. It will also mean that more of our seniors, who need full time nursing care, will have a place to call home.