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Grant to SMH boosts CT scanner times

Posted January 27, 2014

Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) was allocated $58,250 out of a $1.15 million one-time funding pot through Central LHIN, for urgent priorities that paid for 233 incremental CT hours.

That was in addition to the $18.9 million in base global funding for the Alliston hospital, the smallest of the Central LHIN family. And, because its defined as a "small hospital" SMH also received $184,500 in base funds as part of the Ministry's Small Hospital's Initiative.

"The purpose of the funding is to help offset the pressures related to diseconomies of scale, isolation and remoteness, and to help ensure that service gaps are covered to that core services, such as emergency departments, are sustained," according to the funding's description.

There's also $15,000 "to provide training to enable clinicians to better address the needs of clients experiencing mental illness in the South Simcoe area."

SMH also received $182,405 out of a $1.7 million from the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. "Eligible projects must extend the useful life of the hospital facility or improve the hospital facility's quality or functionality, provided that such improvements do not result in an increase to the hospital's approved operating funding base."

Central LHIN is currently being lobbied for funding hospice services in New Tecumseth through Matthews House, and also to fund glaucoma surgeries above the 45 hard cap SMH implemented. In November, LHIN approved the hospital's pre capital submission plan related to the proposed multi-million dollar expansion in Alliston.

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