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The Ontario Government and Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has given the green light for the Windsor-Essex Hospitals System proposal to move forward in the planning process, a key historic milestone that ensures it’s now just a matter of “when”, not “if” we are getting a new Windsor/Essex hospital system for our region. This is now a reality!

Thanks Windsor/Essex, you made this happen!

TOWN HALL – WRH & HDGH – April 28th, 2017

Members of the The Essex & Kent Building Trades highlight some of the reasons why they support the Windsor-Essex Hospitals System this video.

Nice work all!  Thanks for your continued support.


What do Windsor Regional Hospital and Windsor Public Library have in common?  For one thing, both are looking to offer library services in the south part of Windsor in about 10 years.

The hospital is planning to include a library as part of the new state-of-the-art acute care hospital at County Rd 42 and the 9th Concession and the Windsor Public Library System is looking to expand services in South Windsor to meet the needs of residents in that part of the City.

Today, they announced a plan to explore the possibility of combining the services and offering a unique library experience for community members, hospital staff, patients and families.

For more details, please click here to view media release. 

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“Right now, we are waiting for approval to move to stage two in the planning process. Once that happens, we can take this vision and explore the countless ways this partnership can benefit our patients, staff, visitors, partners in medical research and education and the larger community. It is an innovative partnership and it highlights the unique opportunities the new regional hospital will create.”

David Musyj, President and CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, Co-Chair of the Program and Services Steering Committee.

WATCH: WRH & WPL Announce Innovative Partnership



In 2016, the team working on the Windsor-Essex Hospitals System – which is much more than just a new state-of-the-art acute care hospital – completed stage 1 of a 5-stage planning process.   The Co-chairs overseeing the project are eager to move forward with the planning in 2017 and the region is well positioned to hit the ground running as soon as the province commits to funding the next stages of planning, thanks to a productive and united 2016.

Here are some highlights:

  • Region unites to tell province #WEareready for a new system of hospital care 

    January 2016

    This year, recognizing the importance of a new system that includes a new state-of-the-art acute care hospital, integrated and seamless mental health care with a Centre of Excellence at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Prince Road Campus and outpatient mental health services in the city’s core, and an Urgent Care Centre in at the former Grace Hospital site, elected leaders in Windsor-Essex put politics aside and declared in a united voice: #WEareready.

    In January, area MPPs, along with the Warden of Essex County and Mayor of Windsor, issued a letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care outlining a regional commitment to seeing this much needed capital investment approved for the nearly 400,000 residents of the City and County.

    “I was born and raised in this region and have never seen people of all backgrounds and political stripes come together to support an initiative like they have for the new Windsor-Essex Hospitals System,” said David Musyj, Co-Chair of the Program and Services Steering Committee.

    FROM THE ARCHIVE: #WEareready

    It’s not only elected officials that have endorsed the project.  There is also a growing list of community groups calling for the province to move the project forward.

  • Region commits to $200 million local share There are several other communities in Ontario working on similar-sized new hospital system projects. Windsor-Essex is the only one that has already committed to paying its share. In April, Essex County Council and Windsor City Council each committed to covering a portion of the $200 million local share.  This generous contribution from residents in Windsor-Essex demonstrates to the province a strong desire to make the Windsor-Essex Hospitals System a reality. 

    FROM THE ARCHIVE: A monumental vote at Essex County Council

    FROM THE ARCHIVE: A momentous night at City Council

  • Many more voices added to the discussion

    Community engagement is an essential part of this planning process.  This year alone, project leaders have attended 20+ information session/town hall events and participated in several radio phone-in programs.  At a town hall event in January, Lucy Brun, a healthcare and facility planner who has worked on hundreds of hospitals worldwide stated the community engagement process in Windsor-Essex is unprecedented and far exceeds anything she has ever seen before.

    WATCH: Community engagement in Windsor–Essex. Lucy Brun, Agnew Peckham

    For a complete list of community events or to inquire about hosting a discussion with your group/agency/workplace or club, please CLICK HERE.

  • Start of rezoning processIn order to continue with the planning for a new state-of-the-art, acute care hospital at County Rd. 42 and the 9th Concession, Windsor Regional Hospital has submitted an application to the City of Windsor, requesting an amendment to the city’s Official Plan and Zoning By-laws.

    This is the natural next step to ensure we can proceed with the planning process when the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care gives approval to move to the next stage

    For more information, please CLICK HERE.

  • Creating a vision for education and research

    December 2016

    From the beginning of this project, education and research have been among the main drivers. An expanded focus on clinical research strengthens the research and scholarship culture and puts Windsor-Essex in a better position to recruit and retain top physicians, professional healthcare staff and medical leaders.

    The current hospital infrastructure has limited space for clinical research and education. The opportunity to redesign the way hospital care is delivered opens the door for us to tap into the pockets of research we have and build collaboration right into the system.

    At a visioning session in early December, leaders in the field started work on a shared vision for the future in this area.

    FROM THE ARCHIVE:  Creating a vision for education and research in Erie St. Clair


    The project requires approval from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in order to move forward to the next planning stage.

    Stage 2 is where the rubber hits the road for a project of this size.  It includes detailed planning of how programs and services will function.  It also looks at what staffing, space and equipment will be required and will require considerable input from users.

    Approval to move to stage 2 means additional funding for planning and signals a commitment from the province to move the project forward.

    While the Co-chairs overseeing planning for the new hospital are hopeful that the province will approve the hospital in the new year, they warn it is not a given.

    “In 2016 Windsor-Essex demonstrated a true commitment to this project,” said David Musyj. “Everything we are hearing from the Ministry is positive, but we cannot become apathetic.  We must continue to press it and make it become a reality.”

    For more information about the project, please visit, or click on the Windsor-Essex Hospitals System Fact Sheet below.fact-sheet

Leaders from the region’s medical education and research community met Tuesday to explore the future of healthcare education and research in Windsor-Essex.

At a visioning session hosted by the Programing and Services Steering Committee – which oversees planning for the new Windsor-Essex Hospitals System – they mapped out the current state of research in the region and discussed ways they can use the opportunity created by the new hospitals system, to build on these strengths.

“Today, everything is possible,” said Windsor Regional Hospital President and CEO David Musyj at the opening of the session.   “The way to achieve what our region desperately needs and deserves is to start planning now.”


Musyj, who Co-Chairs the Steering Committee along with Dave Cooke says we are not working from a clean slate.  “We have a lot of progress in the region and the goal of these discussions is to build on the pockets of research we have in the community and look for opportunities to move forward together.”

Participants included representatives from a variety of groups including the University of Windsor (Nursing, Biology, Social Work, HK, Leddy Library, the Cross Border Institute, EPICentre, etc)  Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, St. Clair College (Biomedical Engineering, School of Health Sciences), Windsor Regional Hospital, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, WE-tech Alliance, the Windsor Cancer Research Group, the Essex County Medical Society, Wayne State University and more.  The group discussed ways to break down silos and collaborate on projects now, while working toward a more integrated research network in the new hospitals system.

WATCH: Vision Session, December 13, 2016

“What I liked so much about this is that every institution that came together had the same vision.  That this is the time to move forward with research in Windsor and I think that was so exiting,” said Dr. Caroline Hamm, Co-Director, Windsor Cancer Research Group.   “Lots of stuff has happened.  All the pieces are there; we just have to put the pieces together.”

From the beginning of this project, education and research have been among the main drivers. An expanded focus on clinical research strengthens the research and scholarship culture and puts Windsor-Essex in a better position to recruit and retain top physicians, professional healthcare staff and medical leaders.

This is the first of several sessions planned. The results will help shape the new Windsor-Essex Hospitals System during the next planning stages.

People are very hopeful that we are going to create something great together and I fully agree with them,” said Dr. Michael Siu, VP Research and Innovation at the University of Windsor

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Why does the Downtown Mission support the new Windsor-Essex Hospitals System?  In a recent letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, CEO/Executive Director, Ron Dunn explains the vulnerable citizens served at the Downtown Mission need this SYSTEM.

“If the plan consisted of just one element, the new hospital to replace both acute care sites (Windsor Regional Hospital’s current Metropolitan and Ouellette campuses), I would question whether it would meet the needs of citizens throughout Windsor, in particular those we see at The Downtown Mission each and every day, who represent some of our community’s most vulnerable and marginalized individuals.

I was delighted to learn that the project entails so much more than just a fancy new acute care site. According to the extensive materials posted at, the project identifies some $300 million in investment to the city’s core, which represents much needed new health care infrastructure.”

Click here to see the full letter to Minister of Health, Dr. Eric Hoskins.

Thank you Ron Dunn and the Downtown Mission your support.  #WEareready to make this vision a reality for members of the Downtown Mission and the entire region.

Are there fewer beds in the new Windsor-Essex Hospitals System than there are in the current system?  No.  The new system will have the same number of beds as the current system, with room to expand.

For more FACTS about the proposed system, please click here for a full view of the Windsor-Essex Hospitals System Fact Sheet.


Another group is officially getting behind the Windsor-Essex Hospitals System.  Thank you to the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County for recognizing the benefits of this plan and for your support.

Click here to view the Alzheimer Society, Windsor-Essex County’s letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Click here for a growing list of organizations saying #WEareready to move forward with this proposal.


What does it mean to be a world-class hospital?  Before designing the Fort Belvoir Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the team there asked former patients that same question.  Their suggestions are incorporated into this new military treatment facility for the US Department of Defense.

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Fort Belvoir is a cutting-edge, community hospital that is setting a new standard for hospital design.


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