UPDATED: Money In Provincial Budget For New Hospital

Thursday April 27th, 2017

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There is money in the provincial budget for a new hospital in Windsor.

Windsor is one of five hospital project announced that will share $9 billion over 10 years.

“What this 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 a Steering Committee of regional partners overseeing planning of this project.

A Stage 1 proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in July 2015. The hospital will now move forward as part of the five-stage process.

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 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 it will still be years before there is a “shovel in the ground.”

“We are still 7-10 years away from occupancy of the first components of the plan,” said David Musyj, President and CEO, Windsor Regional Hospital and Steering Committee co-chair. “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.”

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