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SMH funding up two per cent, first hike in four years

Posted May 8, 2017

The provincial government's 3.1 per cent increase to Ontario hospital base funding announced in its 2017 budget, will provide Stevenson Memorial Hospital with an increase of $370,900, raising its 2017-18 allocation to approximately $19 million.

SMH CEO Jody Levac told Free Press Online this afternoon via email the two per cent increase in funding was welcomed following four years with no increases to the base budget. That has meant finding costs to cover various wage increases from within.

"I would state that it is definitely getting harder and harder to balance the SMH budget due to the funding freeze," wrote Mr. Levac. "We are also in a community that is facing increased growth and associated volumes, and in a facility that is very tired."

Last month, SMH secured a $5 million commitment over the next 10 years from Simcoe County's $30 million capital funding program for the proposed hospital redevelopment.

"The future for SMH and its community will require ongoing and sustainable financial revenues.".

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