Niagara Health is asking for feedback and creativity to help develop the Project Statement for the South Niagara hospital.
Building a Healthier Niagara
As we collectively work together to respond to and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Niagara Health’s priority remains the safety, health and well-being of all patients, staff and physicians.
Niagara Health has continued to move forward with critical planning for the South Niagara hospital to be located in Niagara Falls. Now, more than ever, the infrastructure of a hospital is an essential component in ensuring we have the capacity to respond to, and roll out effective infection prevention and control measures. With the challenges of new and emerging infectious diseases, as well as higher public expectations and awareness of healthcare related issues, Niagara Health is in a great position to consider these aspects when planning the new hospital. We will take what we are learning in our response to COVID-19 and apply those lessons learned to the new hospital.
Engagement with staff, physicians, patient partners and our community is a critical aspect to our planning. Due to the limited availability of our staff and physicians during the pandemic, our approach to engagement has changed to reflect physical distancing and a focus on virtual platforms of communication. We remain committed to stay on track and are fortunate that our major timelines have not changed as a result of the pandemic.
By continuing with planning, we ensure Niagara Health is in a position to demonstrate to the Ministry of Health and Infrastructure Ontario, that our priority remains your health and safety, now and in the future.
Seamless Integration of Technology
With the South Niagara hospital targeted to open in 2026, part of our planning includes designing an infrastructure to accommodate technology and delivery of healthcare services for the future.
Click here to read more about how Niagara Health is thinking beyond its walls for the design of its new hospital.
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Niagara Health has recently registered the South Niagara Project with the International WELL® Building Institute to work towards becoming WELL® v2 certified. If successful, and once the South Niagara hospital is open, the South Niagara Project will be the first WELL® certified healthcare facility in Canada.
In November 2019, the South Niagara Project team in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario, were on-time to release the PDC (Planning, Design and Conformance) RFP (Request for Proposal).
In preparation for the new South Niagara Hospital, we have had a natural heritage assessment completed on the property and were cleared for next steps.
"This new hospital represents a significant and important investment in healthcare in Niagara," says Interim President Angela Zangari.