The original proposal for the new hospital was released by the task force in November 2012. It was subtitled A public conversation on the future of hospital services in Windsor-Essex.
The task force concluded the report by referring to input from the region.
In summary, the task force was most impressed by the strong level of endorsement and enthusiasm in the Windsor Essex region for the development of a new single site acute care hospital.
However, the community wasn’t yet told that the current hospitals would close, but rather the opposite, according to a January 2013, Windsor Star article entitled Mega-hospital unlikely to force closure of current hospital sites.
[The hospital committee] made it clear it’s not anticipated that either the current Windsor Regional Hospital or Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital sites will be fully shut down. (Battagello, Windsor Star, 24 January 2013)
The public conversation would have been different, over the course of two years, had the community been privy to the July, 2015, information provided directly from David Musyj and the hospital.
Once the mega-hospital is built, Windsor Regional Hospital’s Met Campus … will closed and be emptied and razed. (CBC, 16 July 2015)
The old Hotel Dieu building, presently called the Ouellette Campus … will be demolished in around a decade from now, once patients and equipment are moved to the new mega hospital. (Wolter, Windsorite, 16 July 2015)
There will also be an Urgent Care Clinic at the former Grace Hospital site but, according to Windsor Regional Hospital website, “The UCC is not meant for patients with life-threatening issues … The UCC will not accept patients by ambulance … The UCC is open approximately 18 hours-a-day (peak volume) with the ability to extend hours if necessary.”
No wonder many people still don’t know that the Met and Ouellette campuses will be demolished. I wonder how they’d feel if they did.