Niagara Falls MP Celebrates Progress Over New ‘South Niagara’ Hospital Plan

“This project is a chance to create jobs for young people. The project should utilize our local trades, local engineers and local small and medium sized businesses that put money right back into our community.” – Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates

From the Office of  Niagara FallsRiding  MPP Wayne Gates

Posted April 20th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Qieen’s Park, Toronto   This April 19th,  Wayne Gates, NDP MPP for Niagara Falls met with Dr. Kevin Smith, CEO of the Niagara Health System, and Dr. Suzanne Johnston, President of the Niagara Health System, regarding the New Niagara Falls Hospital. The meeting follows the news that the project has moved out of Stage One to Stage Two last Tuesday.

Site forproposed new Niagara, Ontario hospital for southern tier municipalities. Hospital is planned to go on lands in west end of Niagara Falls. File photo by Doug Draper

Site forproposed new Niagara, Ontario hospital for southern tier municipalities. Hospital is planned to go on lands in west end of Niagara Falls. File photo by Doug Draper

“It was a productive meeting and I’m happy to see that we’ve finally moved into Stage Two – though I believe this project can and should move quicker” said Gates. During the meeting both Smith and Johnston shared the early drawings of the new hospital with Gates.

Dr. Smith believes the project will have submitted the paperwork for Stage Two and move into the third stage by November of this year. Once the project reaches the third stage they begin selecting the vendors and issue the RFP to build the site.

“Our commitment is to involve our community in our healthcare planning for Niagara, and we look forward to continuing to work with MPP Gates as our planning progresses. This is a very exciting time for healthcare in Niagara. Our region will greatly benefit from this kind of innovation and investment,” stated Johnstone.

The site is projected to be 300 000 square feet larger than the hospital in St. Catharines and will be one of the first hospitals in the country where the vast majority of beds will be in private rooms. According to Gates, increased pressure on the Ministry of Health could see this project completed by 2021 instead of the projected 2023.

“I would still like to see construction on this project begin much sooner than is currently planned. I’ve said it for years that we have a plan in place, we have the land and we have a local workforce who can make this happen. There’s no need to wait, people need access to this care immediately – let’s get it done together.”

Gates went further by stating that once the project leaves Stage Two and enters Stage Three he plans to put pressure on the Government to use local workers for the build.

“This project is a chance to create jobs for young people. The project should utilize our local trades, local engineers and local small and medium sized businesses that put money right back into our community.”

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4 responses to “Niagara Falls MP Celebrates Progress Over New ‘South Niagara’ Hospital Plan

  1. I’d have thought that Mr. Gates might have done a little research before making statements about the jobs for young people that will supposedly be generated by this south Niagara hospital.
    Has he done a study of the number of such jobs created in St. Catharines due to the building of that hospital?
    And of course there’s no mention of the number of jobs, both direct healthcare and indirect, that will be lost in Port Colborne, Fort Erie, and, most particularly, in Welland, as the hospitals in these communities close.
    Were I one of the nurses whose jobs have already been cut by the NHS as part of their “restructuring”, I’d wonder what happened to the old Wayne Gates, who could always be counted on to defend unionized workers. This is beneath you.

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  2. Is the location of the South Niagara Hospital chosen to correct the poor location of the St. Catharines Hospital? I ask because it is located in the extreme North Eastern part of South Niagara. The location may be convenient for those living in Niagara Falls, and South to Fort Erie but very inconvenient for those living in the rest of South Niagara. Is Dr. Kevin Smith and his St. Joseph (Hamilton group) aware of the lack of public transportation in South Niagara and traffic routes within South Niagara to access this “proposed” site? If it is an extension/add on to the existing Welland Hospital – as is the construction at Joseph Brant Hospital it may be of value.
    Perhaps it is time for the people of the Niagara Region to take on the responsibility for administrating the Niagara Health System (NHS). It seems that this so-called partnership between St. Joseph Hospital, Hamilton, and NHS is nothing more than to give St. Joseph Hospital control over our NHS.
    I am happy that there is progress for the new hospital, but as it currently stands it does NOT serve the community of South Niagara.

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  3. I think that the proposed location of the South Niagara hospital is also a disservice to a large number of people living in the city of Niagara Falls. The NHS is planning to do exactly what it did in St. Catharines: close a downtown hospital easily accessible by public transit to those who cannot afford or are unable to drive, in favour of a greenfield site at the extreme edge of the municipality. The residents of Windsor/Essex are currently fighting the very same plan for the city of Windsor; they are demanding to know the costs that will accrue to the municipality, in terms of servicing, widening of roads, increased EMS, addition of public transit service, and so on, when their two downtown hospitals are closed and the proposed new P3 megahospital is built on an unserviced site in a rural area. These costs must be factored in when considering whether a P3 hospital out in the country is the appropriate response to what are essentially financial constraints, rather than a concern for access for patients. What needs to be asked is this: why is the Liberal government so insistent on using the P3 model that awards investors at the cost of patients?

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  4. pat scholfield

    I hate to be a killjoy, but I still say I’ll believe it when I see it. Remember West Lincoln Memorial…it went all the way up to the final stage and then was canceled.

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