St. Catharines Site brings care closer to home
The Niagara Health System’s newest hospital opens a window on the future of healthcare in Canada.
The St. Catharines Site opened its doors on time and on budget on March 24, 2013, after nearly three years of construction.
A replacement facility for the former St. Catharines General and Ontario Street sites, the St. Catharines Site is the community hospital for residents of St. Catharines, Thorold, Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding communities, and includes Emergency Department and Urgent Care services in one place.
In addition, the site also introduces much-needed regional services to Niagara in a state-of-the-art building, providing residents across the peninsula access to care closer to home.
Comprehensive cancer care — including radiation therapy — is available for the first time in Niagara through the hospital’s Walker Family Cancer Centre. Patients with cardiac illness can now be assessed at the Heart Investigation Unit, which offers diagnostic cardiac catheterization. And people with mental health needs now have access to an 81,000 square foot Mental Health and Addictions Department where they can receive longer-term mental health care — something that previously would have required a trip outside the region.
The St. Catharines Site is the kidney care hub for dialysis patients, supported by satellite units in Welland and Niagara Falls, and provides a new model of health services for women, babies and children.
At nearly one million square feet, the comprehensive acute care hospital is a showcase of technological innovation and patient-centred architectural design that help medical professionals provide better care and allow patients to better enjoy their stay.
“This hospital is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and design features that set a new standard for Canadian hospitals,” says Susan Kwolek, NHS Vice-President of Patient Services. “We’re excited to be in a brand new, modern building with the latest medical equipment, but we are even more excited about the enhanced care we are now able provide our patients and their families.
The St. Catharines Site was designed with input gathered from the general public and NHS staff in more than 38 hospital departments and specialty areas during numerous consultations.
Patient-centred features include simplified way-finding throughout the building, extensive outdoor walking paths and gardens, natural light in every patient room, increased privacy with separate entrances for the community hospital, cancer centre and mental health units, and numerous lounge areas and quiet rooms throughout the facility for patients to spend time with family members and friends.
Services provided at the St. Catharines Site:
- Cardiology Services
- Children’s Health
- Critical Care Services
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Emergency and Urgent Care
- Kidney Care Program
- Mental Health and Addictions
- Ontario Breast Screening Clinic
- Outpatient Clinics
- Walker Family Cancer Centre
- Women’s and Babies Health
*This is not a full list of all services. Please contact our main switchboard at 905-378-4647 for more information.
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