Ontario Expanding the McCausland Hospital Emergency Department

$1 million provincial investment will redevelop infrastructure and expand emergency health services for local families

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TERRACE BAY — As part of its plan to stay open, the Ontario government is investing $1 million to modernize and expand North of Superior Healthcare Group’s McCausland Hospital site. This investment will support early planning for the hospital redevelopment, which will enhance emergency services and upgrade aging infrastructure. This will improve access to care for patients and their families in Terrace Bay and the surrounding communities as the province continues to build a stronger, more resilient health care system that is better prepared to respond to crisis.

“Expanding and redeveloping North of Superior Healthcare’s McCausland Hospital is a key part of our government’s plan to build a stronger, more resilient health care system and stay open,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This investment will ensure the hospital can better address the needs of local families and provide much-needed services in the community for many years to come.”

The current McCausland Hospital, which was built over 40 years ago, provides health care services to a growing population of approximately 4,000 residents in the communities of Terrace Bay, Schreiber, Rossport, Jackfish and Pays Plat. As part of the redevelopment, the hospital is planning to renovate the emergency department to improve the quality, efficiency and privacy of emergency care. This redevelopment will also better support collaboration with health care partners to provide high-quality care to the communities it serves by integrating health services and programs. Local families will be able to look forward to a combination of renovated facilities and new construction that will improve access to outpatient and emergency services.

“Every person in Ontario is entitled to modern, efficient, high-quality health care,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “That’s why our government is investing $1 million to help expand and modernize North of Superior Healthcare Group’s McCausland Hospital site. Once renovations and the expansion are complete, patients from Terrace Bay to Pays Plat will have access to an enhanced, integrated health care service, as well as better hospital emergency and outpatient services.”

Ontario is working with North of Superior Healthcare Group on the early stages of the planning process, which include identifying programming, operational and space requirements and assessing how the project can further help address the health care needs of patients and families in the region.

“The North of Superior Healthcare Group is very appreciative of the Ontario government’s support, which will allow us to ensure the sustainability of high-quality health care services in the Terrace Bay catchment area for decades to come,” said Eileen McGrath-Ervin, Chair of the Board of Directors North of Superior Healthcare Group. “We are committed to supporting the healthcare needs of our patients, residents and their families, through this exciting redevelopment project, as we pursue our vision of Healthy Communities.”

Quick Facts

  • The North of Superior Healthcare Group is a three-site facility that includes Wilson Memorial General Hospital, McCausland Hospital and Wilkes Terrace Long-Term Care Home. McCausland Hospital provides 24/7 emergency services, outpatient clinics, care for medical inpatients and complex continuing care, in addition to diagnostic imaging, laboratory, pharmacy, physiotherapy and community support services.
  • To further support the high-quality care provided by Ontario’s hospitals, the government is providing an additional $827 million to hospitals across the province, representing a four per cent increase from last year. This will ensure all publicly funded hospitals receive a minimum two per cent increase to their budgets to help them better meet patient needs, while building a stronger, more resilient health care system.
  • The Ontario government is increasing North of Superior Healthcare Group’s operating funding for the fourth straight year. Last year, North of Superior Healthcare Group received over $250,000 in additional operating funding, representing an increase of two per cent to the operating funding the hospital received the year before.
  • As part of the government’s over $1.2 billion investment to help hospitals recover from financial pressures created and worsened by COVID-19, North of Superior Healthcare Group received over $150,000 for 2020-21 lost revenue in order to provide financial stability and support continued high-quality patient care, and $1 million to help cover historic working funds deficits.
  • To support growing demands on the health care system, Ontario’s investments over the next 10 years will lead to $40 billion in health infrastructure across the province. These investments will increase capacity in hospitals, build new health care facilities, and renew existing hospitals and community health centres.

Source Province of Ontario 

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