Ontario Improving Access to Care with New Windsor-Essex Regional Hospital
Province Bringing State-of-the-Art Facilities to Patients and Families in Windsor and Essex
Ontario is helping families in the Windsor-Essex Region get faster access to high-quality health care with a new, state-of-the-art hospital in Windsor.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Windsor Regional Hospital today to announce that the new Windsor-Essex Regional Hospital redevelopment project is moving forward. The new hospital will serve over 400,000 people and will provide advanced acute care services designed to meet changing health care needs of the region's residents.
The province, along with the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network, Windsor Regional Hospital and Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare are working on early planning for the new hospital, urgent care and other system components. The hospital will offer a variety of programs and services including emergency department, intensive care, coronary care, cardiology, and neonatal intensive care services. These services will be finalized as the planning process moves forward.
Building new hospitals is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario is providing funding for over 2,000 additional beds and spaces across the province this year. This investment includes 20 additional beds at Windsor Regional Hospital to provide access to care and reduce wait times, whether in hospital, at home or in the community.
- Windsor Regional Hospital is one of Ontario's largest hospitals made up of two sites. In 2016-17, there were 15,006 emergency department admissions (admitted for further care), 300,398 radiology procedures and 114,998 emergency department visits (treated and released).
- 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.
“Today’s announcement is an important milestone in development of a leading-edge health care facility for the Windsor region. Once built, the new Windsor-Essex Regional Hospital will greatly improve the patient experience and continue to deliver high quality care close to home.”
Dr. Eric Hoskins
“The approval of a new modern facility represents a once-in-a-lifetime, major system reform that will transform hospital services in Windsor-Essex for generations to come. We are extremely grateful to Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, for their commitment to modernizing healthcare in this region.”
“The investment in bricks and mortar is just part of plans for a patient-friendly system. From the beginning, one of the best things about this project has been having everyone at the table. This includes all three hospitals in the region, the city and county, medical community, CCAC, LHIN and Hospice.”
“The Windsor-Essex community has worked diligently to make our case for the need for a new single site acute care hospital. This is a major step forward in the transformation of the delivery of health care in this region, and I want to not only thank Premier Kathleen Wynne, but the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, who came to Windsor to announce this important milestone in person.”
“On behalf of the residents of Essex County, I want to thank Minister Hoskins and the Provincial government for their announcement today, which solidifies their commitment to supporting this vitally-important infrastructure project for our region. Today’s announcement not only ensures that the residents of both Essex County and Windsor will be provided with the modernized health care services they so deserve, but it also recognizes the importance of this significant investment in ensuring quality health care for future generations. We are proud to see this monumental step in the bold vision for hospital care in our region become reality.”