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Ontario Improving Access to Care with New Niagara Falls Hospital

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Ontario Improving Access to Care with New Niagara Falls Hospital

Province Bringing State-of-the-Art Facilities to Patients and Families

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario is helping people in the Niagara region get faster access to high-quality care with a new, state-of-the-art hospital for patients and families in Niagara Falls. 

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at the building site in Niagara Falls today to announce that the construction of the Niagara Falls Hospital is moving forward.

The new hospital will provide health care to over 434,000 people through state-of-the-art facilities designed to meet the region's changing health care needs. Patients will have access to emergency and urgent care, laboratory services, ambulatory clinics, and full diagnostics including MRI, CT scans, ultrasounds and X-rays. The hospital will also feature traditional healing spaces and will continue to facilite Niagara Health's role in educating medical and other health professionals.

When complete, patients in the region will also have access to:

  • General surgical services
  • A regional stroke program
  • Seniors' wellness and aging programs
  • Breast screening services
  • Integrated chronic disease management programs
  • Mental health and addictions programs and outpatient services for children, youth and adults.

The Welland hospital will remain open for patients and families in Niagara. The hospital's services will be finalized as the planning process for the new hospital moves forward.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare - protecting health care today and into the future.

Quick Facts

  • Last week, Ontario announced funding for over 2,000 additional beds and spaces across the province this year. This investment includes 26 additional beds at Niagara Health System to provide access to care and reduce wait times, whether in hospital, at home or in the community.
  • Niagara Health is Ontario's largest multi-site hospital made up of six sites. In 2016-17, there were 34,832 inpatient hospital admissions, 39,545 surgeries and 203,359 emergency department visits.
  • Ontario’s health care budget in 2017-18 is $53.8 billion — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is spending an additional $9 billion to support hospital construction projects across the province — bringing the investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.

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Dr. Eric Hoskins

“Today marks an important step in building a leading-edge health care facility in the Niagara Region. The new Niagara Falls Hospital will be a centre of excellence providing patients with high-quality care in a new, modern facility.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“We are extremely grateful to Minister Hoskins and to the provincial government for their continued support and investment in healthcare in Niagara. We look forward to working with our partners and our communities to see our vision through – to build a healthier Niagara and be part of a larger health system that is patient-centred in a real and meaningful way.”

Suzanne Johnston

President, Niagara Health

“We are excited about the commitment by the Province to move forward on this critical piece of the healthcare puzzle in Niagara. Our residents deserve the very best in healthcare.”

Jim Diodati

Mayor of Niagara Falls

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