Merit Contractors Niagara has begun site preparation work in the west St. Catharines site of the Niagara Health System’s new health-care complex, which includes:
Planting of shrubs and trees around the perimeter of the Francis Creek Drainage Canal to separate the hospital from the railroad tracks, giving the trees a few years to mature and develop in anticipation of the building;
Creation of an enhanced fish habitat and spawning ground in the Francis Creek Drainage Canal;
Promotional fencing for the It’s Our Time fundraising campaign to be located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and First Street;
Once completed, the facility will house new regional services, including cardiac catheterization, radiation treatment for cancer patients and 53 new longer-term mental health beds. The addition of these regional services will ensure closer-to-home access to advanced-level care for the more than 434,000 residents across the Niagara region.
The health-care complex will also house a 375-bed community hospital to serve St. Catharines, Thorold, Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding communities with a full range of acute/critical care, surgical, emergency, longer-term mental health and ambulatory services. The new 850,000 square-foot health-care complex will be built on a 32-acre section of the 40-acre site in St. Catharines and replace two aging, existing community hospitals. Groundbreaking for construction of the new health-care complex is scheduled to occur in fall 2008.