ST. CATHARINES, ON, Nov. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Deb Matthews, Minister of
Health and Long-Term Care, joined St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley,
project partners, hospital and foundation officials this morning to
recognize the completion of the new St. Catharines Site with a symbolic
The new complex, located at First Street and Fourth Avenue in St.
Catharines, will open its doors to patients on March 24, 2013. The
state-of-the-art facility with capacity for up to 399 beds will provide
the community with enhanced programs and services, replacing the aging
St. Catharines General and Ontario Street sites of the Niagara Health
Eighty per cent of the hospital's rooms will be single patient rooms -
the most currently available in a community hospital in Ontario. In
addition to offering new regional services such as comprehensive cancer
care, cardiac catheterization and longer-term mental health, the
hospital will offer acute and critical inpatient services, surgical
services, women, babies and children's health, emergency and ambulatory
services under one roof for the residents of St. Catharines, Thorold,
Niagara-on-the Lake and the surrounding area.
With construction complete, the Niagara Health System will begin
preparing for occupancy, which includes:
performance testing to ensure the building systems are functioning
installing remaining equipment and furniture
training over 3,000 staff, physicians and volunteers
community tours of the new hospital in the New Year before the official
opening in March
In addition to the hours invested by hospital staff, physicians and
volunteers, over 2.7 million man hours went into the construction of
the new hospital and at the peak of the project more than 900 workers
were on site daily. The new hospital, which was completed on time and
on budget, is setting national standards for hospital design.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with the Niagara Health System to build the new health-care
complex, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled
and publicly accountable.
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca or www.niagarahealth.on.ca for more information and to view web camera and progress photos.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"This new, state-of-the-art facility in Niagara region supports our
government's commitment to provide the right care, at the right time,
in the right place as part of our Action Plan for Health Care. It's a
momentous occasion for everyone involved and I am excited for the
hospital's official opening in early 2013."
Sue Matthews, Interim President and CEO, Niagara Health System
"The NHS recognizes the efforts of every staff member, physician and
volunteer involved in the planning of our new hospital for their
unwavering dedication in shaping the history of healthcare in Ontario
and the pursuit of providing one million square feet of care. As we
move forward in occupying our new hospital, I am excited by the
possibility of turning the facility over to our health-care providers
who will translate this into a success for our patients, clients and
families - for generations to come."
Dr. Kevin Smith, Niagara Health System Supervisor
"This new, state-of-the-art facility will ensure staff, physicians and
volunteers have the infrastructure, equipment and technology required
to provide exemplary care to the patients of Niagara. I want to thank
and recognize all those who worked so tirelessly to make today a
possibility, including the tremendous support from donors and
volunteers throughout the region. I look forward to the next few months
as we prepare to open our doors to a new era of healthcare in Niagara."
Jim Bradley, MPP, St. Catharines
"Reaching this milestone would not have been possible without the hard
work and dedication of everyone involved in this project. This is a
great achievement and one we can all be extremely proud of."
Mike Marasco, CEO, Plenary Health
"Knowing that this facility will serve this community and region for
years to come is a tremendous source of pride for our team. With
construction complete, we look forward to our continued relationship
with our colleagues and friends at the Niagara Health System."
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SOURCE: Infrastructure Ontario
For further information:
Niagara Health System
905-378-4647 x 46542