March 25, 2004

York Region Health Services budget to address growth pressures and provide service enhancements

 
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NEWMARKET York Region Health Services' 2004 budget of $103.4 million, approved by York Regional Council today, will address growth pressures in Emergency Medical Services and long term care, as well as provide necessary enhancements in public health programs.
 
"With 160,000 new residents over the last four years and an increased senior population the fastest growing segment in York Region, it was necessary to enhance the level of service in key areas of our health programs," said Vaughan Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Chair of the Region's Health and EMS Committee
 
This year's Health Services' budget represents an increase of $10.5 million or a 14 per cent overall increase from last year that will enable York Region to:
 add two ambulance vehicles and 12 new full-time paramedics to provide 26,000 hours of additional service at peak periods of call activity
 Open four new EMS stations
 Support the full year operation of 32 additional long-term care beds at the Newmarket Health Centre
 Increase service in public health programs in the areas of child and family health, food safety and Health Connection, the Region's health hotline
 
"York Region residents can be assured that Health Services will continue to provide a wide range of programs and services that support safe, secure and healthy communities, promote wellness and healthy lifestyles, respond to the needs of vulnerable residents and support health care needs at all stages of life," said Dr. Helena Jaczek, Commissioner of York Region Health Services and Medical Officer of Health.
 
York Region Health Services consists of the following three operational branches: Emergency Medical Services Branch, Long Term Care and Seniors Branch and Public Health Care Branch.   The department also operates Health Connection, a free and confidential hotline to health information and services with direct access to a health professional from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.  The toll-free number for Health Connection is 1-800-361-5653.
 
For more information about Health Services and other departments, programs and services of the The Regional Municipality of York, visit our Web site at www.region.york.on.ca
 
See attached Fact Sheet.
 
Contact:   Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238
- Email: wendy.lewis@region.york.on.ca 
 

 Fact Sheet

 
2004 York Region Health Services budget to address growth pressures and provide service enhancements 
 
York Region Health Services' 2004 budget of $103.4 million, approved by York Regional Council today, will address growth pressures in Emergency Medical Services and long term care, as well as provide necessary enhancements in public health programs.
 
Emergency Medical Services:
 
 two new ambulance vehicles
 12 new full-time paramedics
 open four new EMS stations in King City, East Gwillimbury, Markham and Richmond Hill
 
Long Term Care and Seniors programs and services:
 
 open 32 additional long-term care beds at the York Region Newmarket Health Centre
 add one full-time employee to Psychogeriatic Program, which supports long-term care patients that exhibit difficult or aggressive behaviours
 add 3.76 full-time employees to meet needs of clients with more complex care requirements
 
Public Health Programs:
 
 add four full-time public health inspectors to the Food Safety Program
 add two full-time staff to the Health Connection, York Region's free and confidential line to health information and services
 add 16.3 full-time positions to the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program, which is subject to approval for 100 per cent funding by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
 
Contact:   Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238
- Email: wendy.lewis@region.york.on.ca
 
 

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

 
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