In recognition of the urgent need for greater access to healthcare in our community, the planning for the South Niagara Project continues to move forward.
Our vision includes redefining the healthcare model in Niagara – moving from the current hospital-centric model in which the hospital is the core healthcare resource in each community, to transition to a model in which hospital services support frontline and community-based care providers. A model that shifts resources to the community where they’ll have the biggest impact for patients.
Healthcare is transforming at a rapid pace, and there will be additional opportunities to introduce new ways of providing care in the hospital, in the community and in people’s homes through Ontario Health Teams, new technologies and medical techniques, and other healthcare advancements.
We appreciate that this vision will bring changes in the future to the ways we are used to providing care across our sites. We have met with, and will continue to meet with, our local elected officials and community members to determine the best mix of services and new ways to provide care to ensure we are meeting the needs of residents. We are focusing on building partnerships with other healthcare providers and enhancing services closer to home, and in some cases, in the home.
Planning for the new hospital is in its early stages. We are committed to working with community members in Fort Erie and Port Colborne to determine the best mix of services and new ways to provide care to ensure we are meeting the needs of residents.