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Several members of the Surgical Services team at Guelph General Hospital who stand to benefit from the Surgical Pathway Training Fund and the Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Efficiency & Innovation Initiative.

Province Investing in Guelph General Hospital’s Surgical Programs & Facility Upgrades

Guelph General Hospital has been awarded $81,394 as part of the Surgical Pathway Training Fund and $394,350 from the Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Efficiency & Innovation Initiative. Additionally, $3.4 million was received earlier this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).

Investments from the Ministry of Health will strengthen Guelph General Hospital’s surgical program and ensure the facility can be depended on while providing surgical services (and all types of care).

The Surgical Pathway Training Fund aims to address critical health human resource challenges by adding and further developing the skills of surgical health professionals. This includes team members from the operating room and diagnostic imaging.

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“We have an incredibly dedicated and highly skilled team of professionals providing surgical care at our hospital; from the moment a patient receives a diagnosis to when they are in the recovery process. Funding to support the professional development of our team ensures we can continue to provide quality care, close to home,” shared Melissa Skinner, Vice President, Patient Services & Chief Nursing Executive.

This funding will support training costs for the Surgical Services team at Guelph General Hospital. The majority of the training will be completed by March 31, 2024.

The surgical team will look to apply these skills to creative solutions that reduce surgical backlogs and expand access to care, with support from the Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Efficiency & Innovation Initiative. The $394,350 investment will be used to improve the process and flow of the short stay and day surgery units and to support foreign exam management. With these funds, the operating room will be able to complete additional volumes.

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The Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund provides 131 hospitals and 65 community health service providers across the province with support to upgrade aging infrastructure.

Guelph General Hospital’s east wing dates back to 1949, with the west wing added in 1970. In 2002, the hospital completed the addition of the north wing as well as renovation to the two older wings. The facility now has extensive needs for repair and replacement of some infrastructure. HIRF funding from the Province will be put toward replacement of the hospital’s roof and exterior cladding.

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“Our building is certainly showing its age, and while we continue to plan for a new hospital, there are immediate needs that require attention in the space we are in now. We are appreciative of the Provinces’ investment in these important upgrades, so that we can maintain a physical environment that is safe for our staff and patients,” shared Gavin Webb, Vice President, Finance & Chief Information Officer.

Both the infrastructure and surgical program investments, along with other work underway at the hospital, are important components of building for the future of care in Guelph-Wellington. In late 2024 restructuring and expansion work is expected in the Emergency Department (pending Ministry approval), and will include emergency mental health and addictions services.

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