What is Our Healthy Future?

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:

  • Rebuilding WHERE we provide care
  • Rebuilding HOW we provide care
  • A population health approach

Our Vision for Redevelopment

Rebuild where we provide care

Our Healthy Future vision deserves time and scrutiny

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.

Face of OHF: Alyssa Lai

“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.”

Rebuild how we provide care

  • Increase community points-of-access to HHS care and expertise
  • Move outpatient services into new settings – in partnership wherever possible
  • Investigate mobile clinics and virtual care options
  • Use data retrieval systems so our patients don’t have to repeat the same information at every visit
  • Collaborate with patients and families before, during and after hospital visit
Recovering from stroke: It takes a community

Hamilton Health Sciences is collaborating with the YMCA to provide care outside hospital walls and build a healthier future for Hamilton. Learn how here.

Face of OHF: Marilyn Burke

“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.”

A population health approach

  • A population health approach looks at the root causes of poor health – things like income level, housing stability, education, social supports and more
  • This approach means we intervene with patients at risk before they have a health crisis
Population health in action

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.

Face of OHF: Jayne Hall

“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 Stage 1.

Where we’ve been


Where we’ve been

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 3,000 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.

Where we are


Where we are

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 endorsed by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors in February 2018.

In January 2018, a detailed facilities plan was submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for review.

Where we are going


Where we are going

Throughout 2018 we will continue working with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as they review the facilities plan.

Learn more about the five stages of the redevelopment planning process here.

About Hamilton Health Sciences

Hamilton Health Sciences is a family of hospitals and several specialized facilities, including:

  • McMaster Children’s Hospital
  • McMaster University Medical Centre
  • Juravinski Hospital & Cancer Centre
  • Hamilton General Hospital
  • St. Peter’s Hospital
  • West Lincoln Memorial Hospital
  • Regional Rehabilitation Centre
  • Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre
  • Main Street West Urgent Care Centre

Quick facts about HHS:

  • Hamilton Health Sciences is the only hospital system in Ontario providing specialty care to people at all stages of life, from pre-birth to old age.
  • We are Hamilton’s largest employer and Ontario’s largest hospital workforce with more than 15,000 staff, physicians and volunteers.
  • We are ranked as one of Canada’s top five research hospitals, with more than 2,000 research staff conducting research in over 1,500 centres across 86 countries world-wide.
  • We are one of Canada’s largest teaching hospitals, with more than 2,000 student placements each year.
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