Windsor Regional Hospital And University Of Windsor Look To Expand Ongoing Partnership With Planned New Hospital

Friday May 6th, 2022

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Windsor Regional Hospital and the University of Windsor are exploring a potential partnership around a new health and innovation park on lands purchased for the new Hospital.

“Research and Education has always been one of the main drivers behind the need for a new acute care hospital in the region,” said David Musyj, WRH President and CEO. “Windsor Regional Hospital looks forward to this planning work with the University of Windsor to advance this concept further. The relationships developed by WE-SPARK Health Institute naturally transition into this exciting planning.”

The plans follow many years of discussion and exploration of opportunities to enhance regional health research capacity and strengthen the university and hospital partnership to benefit the community.

It is anticipated that the Health Innovation Park will include dedicated space for collaborative research and training and expanded government and private sector health service providers and collaborations. It will also have space for businesses to assist in research, from innovation through to commercialization, supporting new ventures and startup investors.

The Health Innovation Park may also include hotel space for short-term accommodations, residential housing for staff and students, a long-term care facility, a wellness centre and professional medical office space for health care providers.

Preliminary planning also includes discussions about creating a “livable and vibrant” work area surrounding the new acute care hospital, which will support healthy community living, and the development of open green space for trails that will be engaging for the community.  Discussions with local partners will continue as plans for the new Windsor/Essex Acute Care Hospital is developed.

It is expected that the timing of the Health Innovation Park opening will coincide with the opening of the new Hospital.

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