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NHS committed to Extended Care Unit in Welland

Posted Feb 2nd, 2016

Niagara Health System is pleased to announce that we will continue to operate the Extended Care Unit (ECU) at our Welland Site and make the unit an integral part of our planning for the future.

French version of ECU media release Attached media release

NHS had been in discussions about the possible sale of the licence to operate the ECU beds with other not-for-profit long-term care operators. After various opportunities were examined by NHS, our Board of Directors approved a recommendation at a recent meeting to maintain the licence for the ECU beds.

“We are committed to keeping these beds in Welland,” says Dr. Barry Wright, Chair of the NHS Board of Directors. “The Extended Care Unit will be incorporated into our future planning efforts as we explore how to best use our resources, services, and partnership opportunities to support and respond to the greater healthcare needs of residents.”

“We would like to thank our Extended Care Unit staff, residents and their families for their patience during these discussions,” adds NHS President Dr. Suzanne Johnston. “Our successes are the result of the amazing people on our teams across our sites. We look forward to seeing the great work of our ECU team continue in Welland.”

The ECU consists of 115 beds, 75 of which are for long-term care and 40 for people waiting for permanent long-term care. The ECU opened at our Welland Site in 1975.

To learn more about our Extended Care Unit, please visit:

Media contact: Steven Gallagher, Communications Specialist, 905-378-4647, ext. 43879;

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