We are moving forward!
December 2, 2017
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Ouellette Campus today to announce that the new Windsor-Essex Regional Hospital redevelopment project is moving forward.
Please see links below for additional information about today’s announcement and next steps in planning for the Windsor-Essex Hospitals System.
April 28, 2017
The Ontario Government and Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has given the green light for the Windsor-Essex Hospitals System proposal to move forward in the planning process, a key historic milestone that ensures it’s now just a matter of “when”, not “if” we are getting a new Windsor/Essex hospital system for our region. This is now a reality!
“What it means is that the decision makers heard loud and clear that Windsor-Essex supports this once-in-a-lifetime, desperately needed transformation of healthcare delivery for our region,” said Dave Cooke, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of regional partners overseeing planning of this project.
“In October 2013 Hôtel-Dieu Grace (HDGH) entered into a historical realignment of Hospital Services with Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH). The unprecedented agreement represented the commitment of HDGH for the support of a progressive and modernized “system-wide hospital plan” while continuing to honour the rich 128-year heritage and history of Hôtel-Dieu and the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph as well as the nearly 100-year legacy of the Salvation Army and Grace Hospital" stated Janice Kaffer, President and CEO of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.
"The Provincial Government’s commitment to proceed with the next steps for planning is validation of the proposal. The proposed Windsor-Essex Hospital System plan includes key investments at the Tayfour & Ouellette Campus’. The programs and services offered from both of these locations are consistent with our founding members’ desire and intent to work with our community’s most vulnerable, marginalized and disenfranchised citizens”.
The next Stage in the planning process, also referred to as the ‘Functional Program’, is a very detailed description of how the new system will operate. It is the primary document used to develop the building design for the new hospital system across Windsor-Essex and will also include a detailed description of how programs and services will function and examine staffing and equipment needs. Due to the magnitude of the planning that needs to be done this process will take time however we are moving forward.
“We are still 7 to 10 years away from occupancy for components of the plan,” stated David Musyj, President and CEO, WRH and Steering Committee Co-Chair. David went on to say, “However, some of the most important work is done in the upcoming stages to make sure we get it right when it comes to planning how the hospitals will operate and what is required to make them not only supportive of today’s patient population, but, for generations to come.”
Again, a heartfelt thanks is extended to the Corporation of the County of Essex and the Corporation of the City of Windsor for their foresight in approving a $200 million levy, the ten percent community share.
Now, it begins! The Steering Committee encourages the community to stay informed and to participate wholly in the next phases. If anyone is interested in taking an active role in the planning, they may go to www.windsorhospitals.ca and register their name and address.
Congratulations to all who are helping us move the project forward!