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Clean Sweep: Out with the old, in with the new!

Posted Jul 6th, 2012

Last week we announced that we will open the doors to provide care in our new hospital on Sunday, March 24, 2013!

For staff, programs and departments moving to the new site, that means we have 262 days to prepare ourselves before the move to begin safe clinical procedures starting on day one.

One of the necessary steps in this preparation is to dispose of items that will not be moving to the new site. To implement this, the Project Management Team has initiated the Clean Sweep project.

Next Wednesday, July 11 will be the first in this three-part series, followed by September 12 and November 14.

Next Wednesday – Get ready for Clean Sweep!

Attention all department move coordinators!

The move coordinators from each of departments moving to the new hospital are overseeing the Clean Sweep for their program. If you haven’t already, please email Marilyn Bellows by end of day Monday at if you are interested in participating in next week’s Clean Sweep.

Here are a few helpful hints for staff participating in the project:

  • All programs moving to the new St. Catharines Site are asked to take part in the Clean Sweeps project, including the St. Catharines General and Ontario Street Sites, as well as departments moving from the Welland and Greater Niagara General Sites.
  • Departmental move coordinators are overseeing the Clean Sweep for their individual programs. Please contact your program’s move coordinator if you have any questions.
  • Cintas confidential waste bins will be delivered to each program participating.
  • Please contact Kevin Traynor (SCG/OSS) or Val Franco (WHS/GNG) for any inquiries related to large item removal or acquiring additional shredding and waste resources
  • Please talk to you department’s ICT coordinator if you have questions with regards to what technology is staying and what is going. The department ICT coordinators are asked to look after the proper disposal of technology by calling the ICT Service Desk at x42850 to ensure proper procedures are followed for decommissioning and wiping of patient data.

It pays to sweep! Programs participating will have their name entered into a prize draw! For more information, please contact Marilyn Bellows.

To move or not to move? That is the question!

These items will not be moving to the new site, so why not get rid of them now!

  • Outdated manuals, materials, files and forms
  • Old equipment
  • Seasonal decorations
  • Furniture, including filing cabinets, chairs, desks, bookcases etc.

Think outside of the box!

Join us next week at our New Hospital Town Hall

We will be holding our next New Hospital Town Hall on Thursday, July 12 at 2 p.m. in the St. Catharines General Cafeteria Meeting Room.

This forum for all staff, physicians and volunteers will feature the latest updates about our new hospital. Have your questions answered and learn all of the latest about planning for the move, building access and tours, training, orientation, equipment, next steps and so much more!

We are also filming the update so that we can share the news across our sites, as well as the Niagara community.

Watch a video of the last town hall.

Countdown to turning the building into a hospital

In 142 days…construction will be complete!

In 262 days…we will be providing one million square feet of care!

With 143 days left in the construction schedule, and 262 days until the New St. Catharines Site opens, the building is looking more like a hospital with each day that passes. On budget, on schedule and over 91% complete, the design of this world-class facility took the strengths of local knowledge from our clinicians and global expertise of our architects to create a building that is focused on the patient experience.

Although the exterior of the structure looks complete, it is still just a building; construction will be completed on November 26, 2012. The period between then and “go live” on March 24, 2013 will be used to train and orient staff to the site and also welcome community members to tour their new hospital before we open to provide patient care.

Please join us in achieving the goal of providing one million square feet of care


Niagara Health System