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Search begins for site of new hospital serving Waterloo region

Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital secured a $5-million planning grant from the province last spring to continue detailed planning to build new hospital serving Waterloo Region and beyond
GM June 7, 2020
An aerial shot of Grand River Hospital. Ariel Deutschmann/KitchenerToday

Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital have begun the process to identify a preferred site to build a proposed new joint hospital serving the region.

The new hospital is touted as "a key piece of a broader proposal to modernize and expand infrastructure and services to support a growing number of patients and their families in Waterloo Region."

“Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital are committed to our vision of building the future of care together in Waterloo Region," said Ron Gagnon, President and CEO, Grand River Hospital, in a press release. "As our community grows and our facilities continue to age, we need new and expanded infrastructure to meet the health care needs of our current and future residents. Finding the right site for this hospital is a crucial next step.”  

Last spring, Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital secured a $5-million planning grant from the provincial government to continue detailed planning to build new and renewed hospital infrastructure to serve the growing number of patients and families in Waterloo Region and beyond. 

Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital have a long history of partnering to provide health care services to the community and a new hospital will enable their shared goal of creating a connected health system in the region.

A panel made up of skilled professionals is being assembled to lead the efforts to identify a preferred site for the proposed new hospital.

The panel will be responsible for overseeing all steps in the site selection process including developing criteria that will be used to evaluate potential sites and evaluating each site to reach a final recommendation.

The hospitals are seeking individuals to serve as members on the Panel who have skills and senior experience in areas such as:

·       Board governance in large organizations

·       Clinical services

·       Hospital leadership

·       Building or managing large infrastructure projects

·       Land use planning

·       Leading or participating in strategic planning for large organizations

·       Public administration and/or finance

·       Government and stakeholder relations

·       Professional experience including legal, risk or accountability management, environmental conservation, engineering and architecture

In addition, this panel will be supported by the necessary technical and subject matter expertise to make the best decision for the community.

Anyone with relevant experience is invited to put their names forward for consideration by emailing their CV to [email protected].ca with the subject line “Application: Site Selection Panel”. The window for applications closes on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 5 p.m. EST.

Progress updates will be shared over the coming months, as well as information about opportunities to get involved. As part of its work, the Panel will be gathering input on what’s important to consider when identifying a site for a future hospital through consultations with subject matter experts, hospital teams, and the broader community.

Updates on the site selection process and opportunities to provide feedback can be found on the Building the Future of Care Together website: futureofcaretogether.ca.

Comments and questions can be sent to [email protected].ca.