In 2012, then Finance Minister Dwight Duncan established a Task Force to explore the community’s need and desire for a New Single-Site Acute Care Hospital for Windsor-Essex. This was after both acute care organizations presented different plans in 2008/09 that continued a bifurcated system for the governance and delivery of acute care in Windsor-Essex. Dave Cooke, Tom Porter and then MPP Teresa Piruzza, were selected to lead this important community discussion.

After months of public consultation which included numerous discussions with community agencies, local healthcare experts and open house discussions with residents of Windsor-Essex, the Task Force concluded there was a “strong level of endorsement and enthusiasm in the Windsor-Essex region for the development of a new single site acute care hospital”. Click here to view the Task Force report.

After the historical realignment occurred between Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital and Windsor Regional Hospital a Program and Services Steering Committee was appointed to move the planning forward and has offered the public numerous opportunities to participate in the discussion.

By the numbers:

  • 150+ medical experts and community members were directly involved in the creation of the Phase 1A report.
  • 30+ Town halls/community speaking engagements were held in over the last two years.
  • 4 Phone-in shows/town hall broadcasts on AM 800.
  • 594 residents of Windsor-Essex provided online feedback about criteria used to select a site.
  • 100s more shared their thoughts in person, through email, on phone, at public events.
  • 22 property owners or groups submitted sites for consideration.
  • 75 residents of Windsor-Essex submitted applications to be part of the voluntary site selection subcommittee.
  • 10 volunteer members from Windsor-Essex, spent a combined total of 1500 hours going over 32 community-driven criteria for each of the 22 sites before choosing the best possible site. 
  • 1 site was selected through a process which was deemed to be “fair and commendable” by a Fairness Advisor.

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