Transforming Healthcare In Windsor-Essex
In April 2016, Essex County Warden Tom Bain and I sent a letter to the Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, advising him that our region is ready to move to the next phase in planning for the new Windsor-Essex Hospitals System.
Following receipt of overwhelming approval by both City and County Councils on an agreed upon cost-sharing plan, it was important for us to give the Minister our commitment to take the necessary steps and raise the mandatory local contribution of 10% of overall project costs. This was an opportunity for us to clearly state that our community has united in support of a shared vision — One System. One Focus. One Community. Countless Strengths.
“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” — Winston S. Churchill
I am proud of our elected representatives and administrators from the City of Windsor and County of Essex for showing true leadership, making bold decisions and reaching consensus on these important community support measures.
I am not surprised to see this support and assurance from our councils. We know that our existing facilities are out of date and hard-pressed to meet current healthcare needs — let alone our future service needs. In short, we know this project is needed for our region.
Our new single-site acute care hospital will be a 1.6 million square foot, 10-storey, state-of-the-art facility that includes emergency/trauma services, cancer centre, obstetrics, pediatrics, regional cardiac services, critical care, inpatient units, surgical services and outpatient clinics. The new hospital will open with nearly 500 beds, and will modernize regional healthcare delivery in Windsor Essex.
The new single-site acute care hospital is only one piece of this larger healthcare revitalization in our region. The Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Tayfour Campus will see redevelopment of the existing site to add a new 60-bed acute mental health wing, which will give patients direct access to mental health assessment and treatment 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, along with the addition of dialysis services and the expansion of diagnostic imaging.