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Ontario Improving Access to Care for Waterloo Wellington Patients 

Investing in Cardiac Care at St. Mary’s General Hospital 

March 24, 2017 

Ontario is improving access to high-quality cardiac care for patients in Waterloo Wellington with investments in the Regional Cardiac Care Centre for Waterloo Wellington at St. Mary’s General Hospital. 

Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre, was at St. Mary’s General Hospital today to make the announcement on behalf of Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. 

Ontario is investing $3.6 million in 2016-17 for St. Mary’s General Hospital to fund 793 additional cardiac procedures. In addition, Ontario will provide St. Mary’s General Hospital with $500,000 to support intensive care beds at the hospital. 

This new funding supports increased access to services that patients and families rely on, improving wait times for cardiac care services for patients in Waterloo Wellington. 

This new support will help St. Mary’s expand its capacity to continue providing state-of-the-art cardiac care at the Regional Cardiac Centre for Waterloo Wellington for many years to come. 

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON. 

Improving access for patients is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come. 



“Modern infrastructure is important for quality patient care and for the proper functioning of Ontario’s health care system. By investing in new intensive care beds and funding more cardiac care procedures at St. Mary’s General Hospital, we are ensuring that patients in Waterloo Wellington can continue to access high-quality services today and in the future.” 

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care 

“Investing in state-of-the-art cardiac care will improve the overall health of the population right here in Waterloo Region. These additional supports will showcase the Region as a leader in cardiac care in the province.” 

— Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre 

“We're grateful to the Waterloo Wellington LHIN and Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for helping St. Mary's respond to the growing needs of cardiac and critical care patients in this region.” 

— Don Shilton, President of St. Mary’s General Hospital 

“By supporting the outstanding cardiac services at St. Mary's General Hospital, we support and strengthen our community. This funding will not only improve access to cardiac procedures for residents, but will also add a new intensive care bed for critical care patients. This is an important investment in the health and wellbeing of residents throughout Waterloo Wellington." 

— Joan Fisk, Chair, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors 

“This is a great investment by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in meeting the need to improve access to cardiac care in Waterloo Region. We fully support St. Mary’s General Hospital’s commitment to excellence in cardiac care for patients and their families.” 

— Sheila Jarvis, Interim CEO of the Cardiac Care Network 

“As a nurse, I have seen first-hand the impact that these kinds of investments have had on people’s lives. Ontario’s investment in these programs means individuals and families will be able to continue accessing quality cardiac and critical care services here in the Region of Waterloo.” 

— Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge 


  •  St. Mary’s General Hospital serves a population base of 1 million people throughout Waterloo-Wellington and from Simcoe to Goderich to Owen Sound. 
  •  Ontario is investing $3.6 million in 2016-17 for St. Mary’s General Hospital to fund 793 additional cardiac procedures. 
  •  In addition, Ontario will provide St. Mary’s General Hospital with $500,000 to support intensive care beds at the hospital. 
  •  Ontario announced a funding increase of more than $345 million for Ontario’s hospitals as part of its 2016 Budget. The province announced a $140 million investment in Ontario hospitals in November of last year. 
  •  As a result of these investments, funding to St. Mary’s General Hospital has increased by over $5 million in 2016-17. 



Rebecca Wagner
Office of MPP Daiene Vernile