Massive Hotel-Dieu Expansion Planned

Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare President and CEO Janice Kaffer speaks about improvements at the Ouellette campus, July 16, 2015. (Photo by Jason Viau)

Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare is planning some major expansions by taking back the current Ouellette campus and adding services at its Tayfour campus.

Under the new mega-hospital plan, the downtown hospital on Ouellette would be demolished.

Hotel-Dieu president and CEO Janice Kaffer says that would make room for a mental health complex and chronic disease centre. “This mental health complex provides us with the ability to be able to link the institutional acute longer term beds, as well as those community outpatient services like crisis (and) some of the housing and support services,” Kaffer says.

BlackburnNews.com file photo of Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare President and CEO Janice Kaffer, July 16, 2015. (Photo by Jason Viau)

Phase one of the new building will cost $137-million and be constructed after the mega-hospital is complete.

The Hotel-Dieu Grace Tayfour campus will also add 60 mental health beds, six renal dialysis stations and diagnostic services.

The proposal still requires Ministry of Health approval. These plans are a part of the overall healthcare plan in Windsor-Essex, which includes a new $1.6-billion mega-hospital.