Plans to build a new Niagara Falls hospital are moving forward and Niagara Health is working on options to keep the Welland hospital open, said Eric Hoskins, minister of health and long-term care.
Hoskins addressed a crowd at the site of the new hospital, on the corner of Montrose Rd. and Lyons Creek Rd., during a sign reveal for the new hospital on Monday afternoon.
He said the new sign will “announce to everyone that sees it that the Ontario government and the communities involved are investing in a brand new hospital right on this site.”
He said the hospital will be operated by Niagara Health and will have “state-of-the-art” facilities designed to meet the region's changing health care needs. He said it will provide health care to more than 434,000 people.
“Patients in the Niagara Region truly will have faster access to even higher quality health services,” said Hoskins.
“This new hospital is going to have a meaningful impact on the lives of patients here in the region.”
He said the new facilities will include emergency and urgent care, surgical and laboratory services, full diagnostics including MRI and CT scans, ultrasounds and X-rays, mental health and addiction services, outpatient services, senior’s wellness and aging programs, breast screening, oncology, chronic disease management and “much more.”
The project, expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, is part of the Ontario government’s biggest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history.
“We are extremely grateful to Minister Hoskins and to the provincial government for their continued support and investment in healthcare in Niagara,” said Niagara Health President Suzanne Johnston.
“We look forward to working with our partners and our communities to see our vision through.”
Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati thanked Hoskins for “ensuring the Niagara Region is treated the same as other areas and has the same access to healthcare.”
“Currently, our Niagara Falls hospital has served its purpose. It’s seen better days,” said Diodati.
“Some of us came into the world at that site, but unfortunately since it’s seen better days we’re not attracting the same level of healthcare practitioners that we would like. With a newer site, state-of-the-art equipment, with state-of-the-art technology, we’re going to attract the best minds and we’re going to get better healthcare here in Niagara.”