Work is coming to both campuses of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, thanks to this week’s funding announcement from the province.

CKHA CEO Lori Marshall says more than half of the nearly $2.2 million in provincial funding through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund will be spent at the Wallaceburg site.

“Of the $2.2 million, about 1.1 million is specifically designated for the Wallaceburg site for asbestos abatement, a special project there,” Marshall explains. “We need to remove all the asbestos in the basement of the east wing in advance of, eventually, we will have to take that part of the building down as we build out.”

Marshall says some funding will also go towards code compliance and updating the Wallaceburg site’s fire and sprinkler system.

Close to $80,000 has been earmarked for the Chatham hospital to work on exhaust and isolation fans and finishing up the operating room in the new urology department.

Marshall calls the funding a show of confidence in the Health Alliance’s two-site model, ensuring the infrastructure in both Wallaceburg and Chatham is being taken care of.

The funding comes with a project deadline of March 31st, 2021.