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Volunteers Needed to Help Select Site for a New State-of-the-Art Acute Care Hospital

The Steering Committee overseeing the planning of a new state-of-the-art acute care hospital for the region, is establishing a subcommittee to oversee the process of site selection. The Site Selection Subcommittee, made up of 6 current or former Windsor Regional Hospital volunteer board members and 4 volunteer members of the public at large, will follow a defined process to choose the location for a new hospital, based on a list of stringent and weighted criteria.

The Site Selection Process: 

  • The Steering Committee will define a set of criteria for a location, and the weight given to each criterion.
  • The community will have an opportunity to review the draft criteria and provide feedback on-line.
  • The criteria and weighting will be shared with the Site Selection Subcommittee.
  • The Site Selection Subcommittee will work with a consultant to issue a request for proposals.
  • Anyone owning property will have an opportunity to submit a proposal that they feel meets the criteria for consideration.
  • The Site Selection Subcommittee will determine a process to vet proposals.
  • The Site Selection Subcommittee will present a recommendation to the Steering Committee.
  • The Steering Committee will review the recommendation and, if accepted, will forward the recommended site to the Windsor Regional Hospital Board of Directors. 
  • Once the Board of Directors of Windsor Regional Hospital approves a site, it will be submitted to the Erie St. Clair LHIN for endorsement to The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

The site selection process is expected to begin this summer and take a few months to complete.

Individuals interested in being considered for an appointment to the Site Selection Subcommittee are encouraged to apply online at Only those without a current and/or potential conflict of interest will be considered.

It’s a question everyone is asking, but the process of site selection hasn’t even started yet.

What we do know is that the process for determining a location for a new hospital will be open and transparent. A committee made up of representatives from both the city (including the City Planner) and the county will oversee the process. Members will consider a number of factors including, but not limited to the following: 

  • Location in relation to community needs.
  • Size of location (50 – 60 acres is required for the project)
  • Site configuration to accommodate things like parking and expansions
  • Accessibility by car, public transit, ambulance, service vehicles, emergency vehicles
  • Accessibility during disaster response
  • Official Plan and zoning issues
  • Existing use
  • Availability of municipal services
  • Cost of land and likelihood of purchasing or expropriating within time frame

Once the full list of criteria is determined, the request will be put to market. Those with property matching the criteria will have an opportunity to offer it for consideration. The committee will then choose the most appropriate location, based on the criteria and in the options it is presented with.

In addition, funding for the future use of both the Met and Ouellette campuses is included in the budget for this project. There will also be an alternative funded to ensure neighbourhoods with existing hospital facilities are not left behind in the process.

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