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NBRHC to get 35 temporary beds

The North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) will be getting 35 new beds through a multi-million dollar investment from the province.

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli announced that over $2.6 million will go to the hospital to purchase 35 temporary beds for a five-month-long period.

“By investing in more frontline patient care our government continues to provide a critical role to end hallway health care in Nipissing,” said Fedeli in a statement. “This funding will contribute to the connected health care system that puts patients and their families first.”

Paul Heinrich, the CEO of the NBRHC says the funding will help keep up with patient flow during the pandemic.

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“This funding will allow the NBRHC, together with our partners in care, to create short term capacity while we adapt to provide the safest care for our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Heinrich stated. “This capacity is essential for patient flow within our hospital, and means we can continue to perform critically important surgeries without interruption.”

The money comes as the provincial government plans for the second wave of COVID-19. The $2.6 million is part of an overall $116.5 million being invested in hospitals around the province.

Overall, the Ontario government is spending a total of $351 million for more than 2,250 new beds at 57 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province.

At this time there is no news specific to the West Nipissing General Hospital regarding this funding.

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