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How does the new St. Catharines Site improve patient care?

The state-of-the-art St. Catharines Site, which opened in March 2013, has been the catalyst for a number of significant improvements to patient care. Many remarkable successes have taken place since the St. Catharines Site opened.  Thousands of cancer, heart and mental health patients who would have had to travel to Hamilton or beyond can now access vital healthcare services right here in Niagara.  Find out how we celebrated the site's fifth birthday.

Among them:

  • The Walker Family Cancer Centre has brought care closer to home for thousands of Niagara residents since it opened in 2013.
  • Niagara residents have access to cardiac catheterization procedures and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) stent insertions without leaving the region since our new Heart Investigation Unit (HIU) opened in 2013.
  • Specialized mental health services not previously available in Niagara.
  • Specialized women’s, babies’ and children’s healthcare provided in a bright and spacious family-centred facility with state-of-the-art birthing suites, a special care nursery for newborns and a family apartment suite available for overnight stays.
  • Our recruitment efforts are attracting top physicians and care providers who want to work in state-of-the-art facilities using state-of-the-art equipment.
  • The building is one of the most advanced hospital designs in Canada when it comes to reducing the spread the infection.
  • Consolidation of the services provided in St. Catharines supports modern practices, greater teamwork and learning among providers, which leads to better outcomes.
  • Opportunities to incorporate leading medical and technological advances into our practices and develop greater areas of medical expertise in specialty areas.
  • Greater educational focus due to enhanced academic partnerships with McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Brock University and Niagara College.

In addition, due to the size of the Intensive Care Unit, we were able to create a new Critical Care Response Team, which represents a major innovation in patient safety. A dedicated critical care nurse, physician, and other healthcare providers as required take their critical care expertise outside of the ICU and to the patient’s bedside (or wherever it is needed) 24/7. Early identification of a failing patient allows the team to either stabilize the patient on the ward or facilitate his/her early admission to the ICU. We are currently in the process of planning to expand this model to our Greater Niagara General and Welland sites.


1200 Fourth Ave
St. Catharines, ON
L2S 0A9

Services provided at the St. Catharines Site

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Surgical Services
  • Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Diagnostic Imaging & Laboratory
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Children’s Health
  • Ontario Breast Screening Clinic

Centres of Excellence

  • Women's and Babies
  • Walker Family Cancer Centre
  • Kidney Care 
  • Mental Health & Addictions -inpatient and outpatient services

264 Welland Avenue, Partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association

  • Mental Health & Addictions Services
  • Withdrawal Management

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