New funding for pediatric services

York Region will receive more than $6.3 million in provincial funding for pediatric services that promise to have a “tremendous impact” on children and their families.

Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe-York will receive $3.7 million, Oak Valley Health will receive $2.3 million and Southlake Regional Health Centre will receive $350,000.

“The pediatric funding provided to services in York Region will have a tremendous impact on children and their families, ensuring they receive faster access to care when they need it,” says Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sylvia Jones.

The funding will increase access to children’s rehabilitation services, including speech-language pathology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy through the Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe-York and increase access to early intervention services through the Preschool Speech and Language program at Oak Valley Health.

It will also be used to assess, diagnose and treat more children and youth over the age of six months who are experiencing urgent, non-life threatening conditions at the Children’s Rapid Access Clinic located at Oak Valley Health’s Community Health Clinic in Stouffville. The additional funding will also help more expectant mothers connect to Oak Valley Health’s Markham Stouffville Hospital’s Alongside Midwifery Unit.

Funding has also been earmarked to expand the Complex Care Clinic at Oak Valley Health and upskill staff. It promises to increase the number of people who can be seen, triaged and cared for on-site in the emergency department (ED) at Oak Valley Health’s Markham Stouffville site and at the Southlake Regional Health Centre by supporting ED diversion clinics.

“We welcome this further investment in the health and well-being of our youngest patients,” says Jo-anne Marr, CEO of Oak Valley Health. “This funding will allow Oak Valley Health to deliver both new and enhanced pediatric services. The funding also ensures we can support families closer to home, and ensure they receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”

The government says the “consistent and stable annual funding increase” will ensure York Region hospitals have the people, resources and technology to improve access to pediatric care and prevent backlogs.

“The allocated funds will swiftly drive the implementation of vital pediatric care initiatives at Oak Valley Health.” Markham-Stouffville MPP Paul Calandra says. “It is truly gratifying to witness Oak Valley Health playing a key role in strengthening health care infrastructure, reducing wait times, and prioritizing the well-being of our community’s children and youth.”

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