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Runnymede Healthcare Centre welcomes the Minister of Long-Term Care

From left: Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care; Kinga Surma, M.P.P., Etobicoke Centre; The Honourable Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care; Connie Dejak, President and Chief Executive Officer, Runnymede Healthcare Centre; Christine Hogarth, M.P.P., Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

The Honourable Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care visited Runnymede Healthcare Centre on October 9, 2019 to re-affirm the Government of Ontario’s commitment to fund 200 beds for Runnymede’s new long-term care home.

“This crucial investment from the Government of Ontario will help seniors to access the care they need, closer to home,” Ms. Dejak said.

“In the Toronto Central LHIN 4,954 seniors are waiting for long-term care, 20 of the 36 homes need to be renovated to meet new standards and 30% of the long-term care beds require total redevelopment so the need has never been greater. What’s more, the aging population is growing exponentially which is creating a healthcare system in crisis.”

In turn, the lack of available long-term care beds contributes to overcrowding in acute care hospitals. Providing more long-term care options removes huge barriers in the current healthcare system and enables seniors to age in dignity in their community.

Runnymede has submitted an application to the City of Toronto to build a 200-bed long-term care (LTC) home adjacent to the existing hospital. The addition of long-term care beds on the hospital’s property positions Runnymede perfectly to provide a full range of care to support seniors in a timely fashion and reduce the incredible wait times.

“Our government is creating a 21st century long-term care system that is resident-centred and builds capacity and access for residents and caregivers across Ontario,” said Minister Fullerton. “We want to ensure that Ontarians get the care they need when they need it and investing in more long-term care spaces across the province is a key part of our transformational strategy to end hallway health care.”

“We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Long-Term Care, the City of Toronto, and our community to ensure that our project progresses as quickly as possible to address emerging system pressures,” Ms. Dejak said.

By adding long-term care, Runnymede is making great strides in its evolution into a Centre of Excellence for Aging and Wellness, providing active rehab, medically complex care, long-term care services and community outpatient programs to meet the needs of patients and the broader community.