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Construction Countdown: 86 days!

Posted Aug 31st, 2012

We’re still under construction!

Although construction of our new hospital looks complete from the exterior, we still have another 86 days until we receive the keys, and 204 days until we will be providing care in our new, patient-focused environment!

With construction advancing at over 95 per cent complete, hard hat tours will come to an end in September; allowing PCL to put all hands on deck to take us to the finish line – on time, and on budget!

The period between substantial completion on November 26, 2012 and clinical move day on March 24, 2013 will be used to train and orient staff to the site.

If you haven’t been on a tour, your opportunity is just around the corner. Staff, physicians, volunteers, our partners and the general public will be welcomed to get a sneak peak of our new hospital before we open to provide patient care. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months!

Attention Staff: Have you been chipped?

The New St. Catharines Site will require a swipe card identification in order to access the doors. This means a swipe card will be mandatory for all staff working in facilities in the NHS.

How do you know if you need a new ID card?

Chip IDs contain numbers at the bottom of the card. There should be two sets of these numbers located on the bottom of the identifications. This means you have a chipped card, making it an access control identification. Anyone with one of these identifications will not require a new ID.

What sounds better than listening to live music on the scenic Henley Island while supporting a great cause?

If you are missing this feature on your I.D. card, please go to your most convenient security office (GNG, WHS, or SCG) during business hours (Monday-Friday between 8:30am-3:30pm, excluding stat holidays) to place an order for a new hospital identification. Don’t forget to bring your existing hospital identification with you.

Portstock 2012 will feature a number of bands from southern Ontario including Jonsey, Awkward Hosts, Travelling Beer Bellies and Wendle Blue, along with a silent auction, great food and refreshments.

The event is held in memory of Mike Wilson, a former rowing coach and shop teacher at St. Catharines Collegiate, who died of cancer in 2004, at the age of 42. Through his illness, Mike became an advocate for better cancer services in Niagara. He was disturbed at the number of Niagara residents having to travel to Hamilton for care.

“Even though he was quite uncomfortable talking about it, it wasn’t really his own illness he was talking about – it was the need for a cancer centre in our community,” says his sister Dianne Warkentin. “Mike would be at the centre of this event understanding first hand the need for cancer care in Niagara.”

Since the inaugural event in 2008, Portstock Music Festival has raised an incredible $53,500. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. They can be purchased online at or 905-688-5550 ext 3257, 1-866-617-3257. For more information:

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