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A History & Profile

Windsor Regional Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the Province of Ontario, serving a population of 400,000 people in Windsor and Essex County. It is the regional provider of advanced care in areas that include Complex Trauma, Renal Dialysis, Cardiac Care, Stroke and Neurosurgery, Intensive Care, Acute Mental Health, Family Birthing Centre, Neonatal Intensive Care, Paediatric Services, Regional Cancer services and a broad range of medical and surgical services required to support these specialized areas.

Through a major initiative involving the two hospitals in Windsor, a realignment of programs and services was achieved on October 1, 2013, when Windsor Regional Hospital became responsible for the governance, management and operations of the Ouellette Campus along with continuing its responsibility for the Metropolitan Campus. The ultimate vision is to design and construct a new state-of-the-art acute hospital healthcare facility serving the needs of Windsor-Essex for generations to come.

Providing Acute Care Services with 483 plus beds and an operating budget of half of a billion dollars, Windsor Regional Hospital is one of the largest community based non-academic hospitals in the Province of Ontario.

The Metropolitan Campus located at 1995 Lens Avenue opened in 1928 as a community based, acute care hospital. Throughout its history, the Met Campus has focused on medical and surgical care with specialized services in areas of cancer and burns. A Cancer Clinic and Department of Neo-plastic Services was established in 1935. Nuclear Medicine and EEG Services commenced in 1959. A major expansion of the Met Campus occurred in 1974 with the construction of an eight-story tower to accommodate 500-beds. Critical Care facilities were established in 1983 and the HIV Care Program began in 1991. A major expansion was completed in 2005 resulting in 420,000 sq. ft. of new and renovated space. Today, Windsor Regional Hospital is the key provider of Acute Care and Emergency Services for Windsor/Essex.

The Ouellette Campus located at 1030 Ouellette Avenue was originally founded in 1888 by Dean James Theodore Wagner, pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish, and five sisters from the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph (RHSJ), who came from Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal on September 14, 1888.

Dean J.T. Wagner had become concerned for the black people who had migrated from the southern United States to his parish, particularly the children in the community. The families had come from the rural American South for industrial jobs. The children were excluded from white schools and had no school of their own. In addition, many had become orphans. Dean J.T. Wagner organized a mission for black people and sent letters asking for donations.

Over the years, Hôtel-Dieu of St. Joseph Hospital was renovated and expanded several times, adding more beds as the need arose. Additional beds were added in 1910, 1927, 1938, 1952, and 1962. In 1963 the original 1888 building was demolished. A major expansion occurred in 2008 expanding its Emergency Services, Operating Rooms and Diagnostic Imaging Departments.

Statistics - April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018

Births  3,601
Emergency Visits  112,315
Admissions via Emergency Department 15,899
Average Length of stay (days) – Adult Acute Medical/Surgical 5.4
Number of Inpatient Days   186,537
Radiology Procedures (X-Ray, Ct Scans, Ultrasounds)      305,480
Lab Tests 3,174,432
Number of Beds 500
Operating Rooms 21
Approximate Annual Budget      $403 million

Programs & Services

Windsor Regional Hospital provides medical services on two campuses (Ouellette and Met) in the clinical areas of:

Cardiac Care
Complex Trauma
Emergency Services
Family Birthing Centre
Intensive Care
Neonatal Intensive Care
Paediatric Services
Regional Cancer Services
Renal Dialysis
Stroke and Neurosurgery