Back To Work After Big Hospital Announcement

There's still more work to be done after provincial backing for a new acute care hospital was promised Friday.

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins made the announcement at Windsor Regional Hospital's Ouellette Campus, but didn't give a dollar amount for the project. However, Hoskins stressed the project would get the resources needed to get the job done with $20-billion being committed to hospital infrastructure in Ontario.

Despite the lack of a dollar figure, Windsor Regional Hospital president and CEO David Musyj is thrilled to being move forward.

"It's great news, but again there's some work that needs to be done," says Musyj. "You have to remember the biggest chunk of the whole cost is the new acute care hospital, so that's 75% of the cost."

Hoskins also wanted to make sure downtown Windsor wasn't forgotten, by confirming provincial support for an Urgent Care Centre.

Musyj says a new facility at the former Grace Hospital site on University Ave. W accounts for the remaining 25% of the project and raises more questions.

"To reinvest here at the Ouellette Ave. campus on an interim basis before it possibly moves to the grace site, the investment will be different," says Musyj. "Not only do we have to look at how that would work on this existing site, but also look at immediate, medium, and longer term."

Mayor Drew Dilkens tells AM800 News the city is ready to do what's needed to move forward on its end.

"I know the hospital is working on that process and it will come to city council. We'll have to review and make sure that everything makes sense from a planning perspective," says Dilkens. "They're doing all that due-diligence now and it will be in-front of city council in the spring."

The new state-of-the-art hospital is slated to be built on the fringe of the city on County Rd. 42 and the 9th Conc.  — a heavily debated topic among residents since the announcement of the project.

— with files from AM800's Peter Langille.