The Government of Ontario, a province of Canada, has announced its plans to invest up to C$53m ($41.8m) for the construction of the new Grey Bruce Health Services Markdale Hospital.

This funding comes is in addition to the $3m ($2.3m) earlier invested to support the planning and design of the new hospital.

Once complete, this hospital will replace the current aged facility, and boost capacity and access to care for patients and families in Grey County and the neighbouring areas.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said: “It is so important to ensure all Ontarians have the best quality health care as close to home as possible. That’s why our government is making monumental investments like this in Markdale. By building new modern hospitals, we will ensure people get a high level of care whether they are in big cities or our small and rural communities.”

Construction of the new hospital will begin this week.

Following completion of the construction, the new Markdale Hospital will offer more services in a modern and spacious settings.

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It will feature a modern, emergency department with four exam and treatment areas. There would be four short stay beds better adapted to new non-surgical procedures and one palliative care bed to replace traditional inpatient beds.

The new facility will also have a bigger space to double outpatient care and expanded procedural services including minor procedures. It will have clinical laboratory and diagnostic imaging services, ambulatory clinics, and expanded telemedicine services.

“Investing in rural hospitals like the new Markdale Hospital is a critical part of our government’s plan to build a modern and connected public health care system and end hallway health care across the province,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This investment will help ensure the people of Markdale and neighbouring areas have access to the modern facilities and high-quality services when they need it.”

This new hospital forms part of Ontario’s investment of C$20bn ($15bn) over 10 years to construct new and expanded health care infrastructure.

Grey Bruce Health Services president and CEO Gary Sims said: “This is the news we have been waiting for, and we are extremely pleased to begin construction of a brand new, state-of-the art hospital in Markdale.

“This announcement solidifies the future of excellent health care in the Centre Grey area.”