Quinte West Community Health Centre receives funds for expansion

The Quinte West Community Health Centre in Trenton – Photo via Google

The Ontario government has announced plans to expand the Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre, with the aim of improving access to care in the Bay of Quinte region.

As part of the first phase of this project, the Ontario government invested $14 million in 2020 to support the construction of new 17,000 sq ft health hub offering a broad range of services under one roof.

The province has allocated the most recent funds funds for the expansion of the Quinte West Community Health Centre. This expansion will provide additional services, including allied health, immunization, health education, mental health and addictions support, and home and community care. Local community-based partners, such as the Victorian Order of Nurses and the Hastings and Prince Edward County Health Unit, will be on-site, ensuring a more connected continuum of care that meets patients’ evolving needs.

Sheila Braidek, executive director of the Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre, said in a media release that it’s “incredibly exciting” to finally be able to compete the Trenton Community Health Hub, as it means they are finally able to co-locate VON Adult Day Program, Public Health, and Canadian Mental Health Association with Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre at 69 Catherine Street in Trenton.

“With that we can turn our attention to more creative ways to service our community as a whole,” Braidek stated. “We are delighted with this investment. It’s an important investment in community infrastructure and it’s an important investment in leveraging resources to have the biggest, most positive impact on community.”

“Co-locating healthcare providers at the Belleville Quinte West Community Health Centre’s hub in Trenton ensures more convenient access to care for Quinte West residents and fosters patient-centered collaboration among those providers,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “Coupled with our recent investments in Trenton Memorial Hospital next door, our government is delivering the expanded capacity this community needs.”

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