Hamilton Health Sciences is developing a 20-year vision for the healthcare our community will need. Our family of hospitals must grow and change to meet those needs.
Our ambitious vision includes:
Our capital redevelopment plan must demonstrate how HHS programs and services across all sites work together – which makes our planning process a logistical feat. Read about it in Kelly Campbell’s blog here.
“As healthcare becomes more patient-centered, there are opportunities to redefine and shape the conversation of what a healthy community truly is. That translates to a holistic way of looking at hospital care. Quality hospital care requires more than just innovative and cutting-edge technology. It is the entire experience of being in the hospital, whether you are there as a patient, visitor, caregiver or employee.”
Hamilton Health Sciences is collaborating with the YMCA to provide care outside hospital walls and build a healthier future for Hamilton. Learn how here.
“When discharging patients, it is important to remember that they have a strong community support system. The best outcomes can be achieved through stronger community collaborations.”
Carl has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and didn’t fully understand how and when to take his medications. He ended up at the Emergency Department many times. Now he’s part of a program called Health Links, which sees HHS and its partners team up to provide care and support outside of the hospital. Carl receives home visits and has been taught how to better manage his condition. He’s doing fine at home and rarely goes to the Emergency. See his story here.
“Wouldn’t it be awesome if the health care system was focused on ‘health’ instead of fixing things? The community could be at the centre of this activity. Right now, it is hard for people to find a place to go that has the supports and services they need. It would be great if families could go to an accessible health centre in order to teach them how to stay healthy. This model would help people stay out of hospital.”
The Ontario government requires hospitals to follow a five-stage planning process for building new facilities or redeveloping old ones. We have completed Part A of Stage 1 and Stage 1 Part B is currently underway.
Since March 2015, we have been imagining what the future could look like for health care provided by HHS. We asked questions and received input about the care we provide, the growth of the population we serve, and the partnerships we need to provide care more efficiently.
More than 2,000 people have provided input into our vision through community conversations and information sessions, focus groups, patient-centered working groups, newsletters, events, and an online discussion forum. This input helped us develop a long-term vision for the future of our hospital system.
Read more about how we heard your input on the ‘Your Voice’ page.
We have a vision for our future model of care and the facilities we’ll need to deliver that care. It was approved by the HHS Board of Directors in June 2016 and then submitted to the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for review.
We have started work on the next stage in the planning process, which includes performing technical assessments at each of our sites, developing a multi-year infrastructure plan, and establishing estimated timelines for our vision to take shape.
Throughout 2017 we will continue working with the LHIN and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on our vision for our services and the facilities we’ll need. By the end of 2017 we expect to have completed the first two planning steps as required by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Learn more about the five stages of the redevelopment planning process here.
The process of planning and construction will take many years, possibly up to 20 years, to complete. We will continue to seek input from our workforce, our partner organizations, and our community as part of the planning process.