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As a result of investment in healthcare in the Niagara Region by the Ontario government, Niagara Health has begun accepting proposals to build a new hospital in South Niagara. 

This new hospital, which will be located in Niagara Falls, will add more hospital beds and bring together acute care services in the region, improving access to high quality healthcare and making it easier for patients to receive the care they need without having to travel to hospitals outside Niagara. 

Specifically, the new hospital will have 469 beds, which is more than there are at either of the St. Catharines or Welland hospital sites currently being run by Niagara Health.

The South Niagara site, which is scheduled to open in 2026, will be Canada’s first WELL-accredited healthcare centre. The WELL certification is a globally-recognized, scientifically-produced instrument for assisting the design of buildings that assesses and monitors their influence on the health and well-being of their inhabitants.

Niagara Health now runs five distinct sites that serve about 450,000 inhabitants throughout the Niagara Region. Once finished, the new hospital will extend care services in the region, replacing old infrastructure with high-tech facilities and enabling better, more connected care. 

South Niagara Hospital will have numerous centres of excellence, specializing in stroke, complicated care, geriatrics and geriatric psychiatry, and wellness in aging, in addition to emergency, critical care, and surgical services.

Last week, Infrastructure Ontario and Niagara Health issued a request for proposals for the design, construction, financing, and operation of the new South Niagara Hospital to three teams — EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare, Niagara Care Partners, and Plenary PCL Niagara Health. These teams were chosen based on criteria established during a request for qualifications procedure that began in February 2021. Design and construction capabilities, experience, competent staff, and financial capacity to accomplish a project of this size and scope were among the selection factors. 

Teams will now begin producing proposals outlining how they plan to complete the project. Following the receipt of applications, Infrastructure Ontario and Niagara Health will analyze the bids, choose a preferred team, and then negotiate a definitive contract. The selected bidder will be notified in the Fall of 2022. 

In addition to the new facility, Niagara Health’s operational budget has been boosted for the third year in a row. Starting this year, Niagara Health will receive an additional eight million in operational money. The hospital will also receive a $1 million grant from the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund to address essential infrastructure renewal requirements at current hospital facilities, such as roof improvements or replacements, windows, security systems, fire alarms, and backup generators.

The Niagara Region will soon have a substantial number of new healthcare facilities, thanks to this new building in South Niagara, the ongoing rebuild of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in West Niagara and improvements in existing infrastructure. These projects make significant progress towards ensuring that local residents have easy access to the finest level of healthcare possible.

Individuals who would like more information about the South Niagara Hospital project are encouraged to visit Infrastructure Ontario’s website.