MHA Receives HIRF Funding

September 11, 2013

(Strathroy, ON) – More than $900,000 will be spent over the next seven months at the Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA). The Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) has received one time funding in the amounts of $93,144 for the Four Counties Health Services site and $877,183 for the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital site as part of the Government’s Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).
“HIRF grants are essential in maintaining the physical structures of our hospital sites and we are certainly grateful to the South West Local Health Integration Network for the ongoing investments in MHA,” stated T. Stepanuik, MHA President & CEO. Hospitals can use HIRF funds for projects that extend the useful life, or result in an improvement in the quality or functionality of a hospital facility, but that will not result in an increase in operating funding. The Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund provides funds to supplement a hospital’s existing capital renewal program and help address renewal needs (e.g., roofing systems, boilers, windows, HVAC, fire alarm upgrades, etc.) on a priority basis.
HIRF grants were established to assist hospitals in their efforts to renew their facilities. The infusions of cash for building upgrades and repairs are investments in patient care. “HIRF funding is critical in terms of keeping our two sites up to date,” stated P. Long – MHA Chief Financial Officer.

At the Strathroy site the funds have been targeted at replacing the original 1960’s nurse call system. The other project will be replacement of the steam boiler. At the Four Counties site, the funds will be used to replace the nurse call system. All projects will be completed by March 31, 2014.

About MHA:
The Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) is comprised of two fully-accredited partner sites: Four Counties Health Services and Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital.

A progressive, team-oriented and technologically adept organization of excellence, the MHA is creating a more integrated and seamless approach to treatment by embracing and seeking out partnerships, through collaboration and investing in people. This coordinated approach helps to ensure that a high level of service is provided while reducing costs and continually enhancing quality.

Providing core acute primary and secondary hospital care, the MHA has also been recognized for establishing two notable Centres of Achievement (Orthopaedics and Diabetes Education Centre) that generate local and regional referrals.