The Municipality of Whitestone is getting a $500,000 provincial boost to renovate and expand the Whitestone and Area Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic.
According to Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, the expansion will add rooms for patients and add space to address infection control if necessary to help increase the clinic’s capacity.
“The clinic is an essential part of the community and these upgrades will support the health and wellbeing of Whitestone residents, cottagers, and the surrounding region,” he said.
The money, coming through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, will go to doubling the facility’s square footage.
That space will house three new patient care rooms, a larger waiting area, a full kitchen, as well as a boardroom and private office. The extra space will also be used as storage for medications and other supplies and a suite for visiting nurse practitioners or students on short-term rotation.
Michelle Hendry, Whitestone CAO and Clerk thanked the province for their contribution to the project. Hendry added the expansion became a reality thanks to the fundraising activities of the Advisory Committee and friends, a generous contribution from an anonymous donor, contributions from both McKellar and Magnetawan, and a grant from Infrastructure Canada.