As the Ontario government accelerates the timeline to build the new Windsor Regional Hospital, it is investing approximately $30 million in the current hospital to connect people with improved treatments for patients with cancer and cardiovascular disease. This funding will make it easier for more patients in the Windsor-Essex Region to be diagnosed and treated closer to home.
“Our government is giving Windsor Regional Hospital the funds it needs to provide the best possible care to patients in the region while we work towards building a new and modern hospital,” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This means that patients in the area will no longer have to travel far distances to receive treatment, leading to faster care and improved quality of life.”
Windsor Regional Hospital will use this investment to renovate its cardiac catheterization lab, which is where patients receive angiograms, angioplasties and other minimally invasive cardiac tests and procedures. Due to limited access in the past, patients had to travel to London, two-hours away, or cross the border to Detroit for urgent procedures. This funding will expand the catheterization lab, currently operating 24-hours a day, to add a second catheterization table offering continual and convenient access for cardiac patients in the region.
In addition, this investment will enable the hospital to expand its cancer centre to accommodate a new linear accelerator, which provides cancer patients with necessary radiation therapy treatment. This additional linear accelerator will allow Windsor Regional Hospital to treat more cancer patients with life-saving radiation therapy even sooner than before.
As part of the government’s plan to connect people with more convenient care, Ontario is investing over $1 billion in more than 50 major hospital projects, including the new Windsor Regional Hospital, over the next 10 years. As Ontario continues to ambitiously develop hospitals and health care facilities across the province, patients can expect high-quality care, when and where they need it.