We have had excellent feedback from the community on the healthcare planning for Niagara Falls and Welland. We are pleased to provide an update on our work to improve access to healthcare services and provide the best possible patient experiences for all Niagara residents.
Our vision for the future calls for Niagara Health to evolve to three hospital sites (Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Welland) and expand access to healthcare services in communities across Niagara. Hospitals will provide services for those who need a higher level of care, while services provided in community settings will bring care closer to home for residents whose needs do not require hospital stays.
We will build on our successful Integrated Comprehensive Care (ICC) program that helps people with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease stay out of hospital by managing their chronic conditions at home. New models of care, like the ICC program, will provide our teams with new ways to interact with patients and will take advantage of the changing role technology plays in the way healthcare can be delivered. And because our population is aging, caring for our older residents will be a priority in all aspects of the patient experience.
An updated submission outlining programs and services proposed for the Niagara Falls and Welland sites was provided to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in February 2018. This submission is consistent with the commitment made by the Minister of Health in fall 2017 to build a new hospital at the corner of Montrose and Lyons Creek roads in Niagara Falls and keep the Welland Site open. Future plans for Welland will involve either redeveloping the existing campus or constructing a new facility at the current Third Street location.
The mayors of both Niagara Falls and Welland have endorsed this new plan. And of course, subject to Ministry approvals!