Six-Year-Old Proposal for New South Niagara Hospital Takes “An Important Step Forward” – Niagara Health

“This new hospital represents a significant and important investment in healthcare in Niagara. With the government’s support, we are one step closer to a new hospital and we look forward to our continued work with the Ministry of Health to plan the next stage.” – Angela Zangari, Interim President, Niagara Health

A News Release from Niagara Health, formerly the Niagara Health System

Posted September 18th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Planning for the new South Niagara Hospital took an important step forward as Infrastructure Ontario has listed the project (Niagara Falls Hospital) in their Market Update for Projects in Pre-Procurement.

The proposed site for a new hospital for Niagara’s south end is in the southwest end of Niagara Falls off the QEW. Is that a good location for people in communities like Welland and Port Colborne?

  The South Niagara Hospital is listed in the Market Update to start issuing RFQs (Request for Qualifications) in spring 2021 and issuing RFPs (Request for Proposals) in winter 2021 with a financial close in 2022.

With a Stage 2 revised submission soon to be provided to the provincial Ministry of Health, the project will move through important milestones. The submission outlines the program and service requirements, equipment and space needs and has been developed with extensive input from Niagara Health’s staff, physicians and community partners.  

“This new hospital represents a significant and important investment in healthcare in Niagara,” says Angela Zangari, Interim President, Niagara Health. “With the government’s support, we are one step closer to a new hospital and we look forward to our continued work with the Ministry of Health to plan the next stage.” 

Niagara Health provides 90 per cent of the acute hospital services in the region and as the community ages, increased services associated with older adults will be required.  To support these needs, a significant emphasis on senior’s health and wellness will be included in the Stage 2 submission.

“We are very excited to have our project confirmed by Infrastructure Ontario knowing how important it is to meet the healthcare needs of the people of Niagara,” continues Zangari.  “The new hospital will be an integral part of a connected healthcare system that will improve the patient and caregiver experience and strengthen access to local services.” 

Over the last several months, Niagara Health has engaged over 1,000 staff, physicians, patients and members of the community for input on the design vision for the new South Niagara Hospital, to be located at the corners of Montrose and Lyons Creek roads in Niagara Falls. 

“Healthcare professionals want to work in expert teams in state-of-the-art buildings with advanced equipment and technology,” says Dr. Tom Stewart, CEO of Niagara Health and St. Joseph’s Health System.

“We saw what a magnet for top talent the St. Catharines Site has been and I am confident the new South Niagara Hospital will be another valuable tool for attracting and retaining leading health care professionals.”

The next step after the approval of Stage 2 Functional Program in the Ministry of Health’s capital planning process involves the development of written specifications and an illustrative design of the building. Engagement with the community will continue throughout the planning process in order to gather critical input on the new hospital’s look, feel and function. This feedback will ensure the hospital is designed and built to fully support patient, family and staff wellness in all aspects of the care process.

About Niagara Health – We are a regional healthcare provider with multiple sites and a growing network of community-based services. Our team is made up of more than 4,800 employees, 600 physicians and 850 volunteers who we count on to deliver extraordinary caring to every person, every time.

We provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services to more than 450,000 residents across Niagara, including Acute Care, Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Complex Care, Emergency and Urgent Care, Kidney Care, Long-Term Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Stroke Care and Surgical Care.

For more information, click on- https://www.niagarahealth.on.ca/site/about-us .

Meanwhile, the future of the hospital in Welland remains in limbo

(A Question from Niagara At Large – Is this site in the west end of Niagara Falls, Ontario near the Thundering Waters Forest the best place to put a hospital for south end municipalities in Niagara, including Port Colborne, Wainefleet, Welland and Fort Erie? Is a hospital at this location a good investment of hundreds of millions of our tax dollars, or are there other options for the south end?

What do you think? Let us know below.)

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3 responses to “Six-Year-Old Proposal for New South Niagara Hospital Takes “An Important Step Forward” – Niagara Health

  1. It is a Niagara Falls Hospital not a South Niagara Hospital. Will it lead to the closure of Urgent Care in Fort Erie? Will it make it more inconvenient for people in Port Colbourne to obtain medical care? Will it provide access to the hospital from South Niagara who must rely on public transit?

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  2. Gary Screaton Page

    Let us hope this is legitimately one step closer to a hospital at that site and not just more politicking! Along with this plan is a more important need that needs to be implemented. The entire Niagara Health System, top-down, needs an overhaul. When one can go to the hospital and four doctors give for different diagnoses. When one can sit in an emergency waiting room for over 3 hours while having a heart attack, when blood work is taken in the public waiting room, when a person with a broken back is lifted by two staffers, one at each end, and when an X-ray can be ordered for a kidney one doesn’t have, something is wrong somewhere!
    Sometimes, there seems to be more attention paid to signage than to patients who are expected to read them. I recall a sign at a hospital that directed inebriated persons to make their way elsewhere for treatment! Hope they don’t drive there.
    And, don’t forget the call for an ambulance to pick up a “victim” in the lobby of another hospital.
    Let’s hope this hospital gets built and it is better run than are some others we have. I also hope it retains the quality of nurses we are blessed to have.

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  3. One step forward , two steps backward. New hospital may be good for Niagara Falls but not good for South Niagara _ closing Urgent Care in Fort Erie and Port Colbourne.

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