WINCHESTER – The village’s hospital has been tabbed for a financial boost from the provincial government.

It was announced last week that rural healthcare in Eastern Ontario would be supported with repairs and upgrades funding awarded to 15 hospitals in the region.

The money is part of the more than $11 million being invested to help with various building-specific upgrades, including roof replacements, new windows or heating and air condition systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.

At Winchester District Memorial Hospital, which will see a $57,217 investment, CAO Cholly Boland said a planning process will be undertaken in the coming months to determine where the funds will be best spent.

Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry’s two other hospitals have also be targetted for funding, with Cornwall Community Hospital netting $297,970 and Alexandria’s Glengarry Memorial Hospital being granted $96,027.

Funding is also flowing to medical facilities in Hawkesbury, Arnprior, Perth and Smiths Falls, and Carleton Place, among others.

While the recently announced funding is Eastern Ontario specific, the financial allotments are part of a bigger picture with the provincial government allocating $175 million for repairs and upgrades at hospitals throughout Ontario.