Obstetrics services resuming October 3

Program rebuilding includes return of WLMH Midwives

The below is an abbreviated version of a staff and physician message shared on August 17, 2022

Starting October 3, the labour and delivery program will return to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) site, operating in a 24/7 model of care. This is the result of many months of work and significant recruitment efforts by multiple departments at the site and across Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), to bring the service back in a sustainable manner. This was also made possible by significant partner contributions, including the WLMH Foundation and Niagara Health.

Specifics include:

• Physician coverage will be enhanced by a new obstetrician and gynecologist who will join the program on a six-month contract, with the possibility of extension for an additional four months.
• Following months of aggressive recruitment efforts, program staffing is currently sufficient to return based on expected near-term patient volumes. Recruitment will continue to ensure further coverage as volumes grow over the coming months.
• WLMH’s operating room team is also growing with the addition of new procedures and surgeries being delivered at the site, which will allow for a 24/7 call schedule to support urgent after hours obstetrical cases.
• As part of a return to 24/7 coverage, we are excited to welcome the WLMH Midwifery team back to the site. WLMH Midwives have been practicing at Niagara Health, and will provide care to expectant mothers, families and babies at WLMH starting October 3. Their presence will be an essential piece of the program’s transition back to the site by adding ongoing low-risk obstetrics mentoring to the nursing team, as well as for the long-term success of the program.

In addition, recruitment has progressed toward hiring two additional full-time OBGYNs to the program. Interviews will take place this fall. A team of four FT OBGYNs – the largest physician complement the program has ever operated – will add stability and predictability to the program, enabling long-term growth.

This period of temporary redirect has been longer than anyone expected or wanted. We are optimistic that the foundational rebuilding mentioned above represents the start of the program’s next chapter.

Thank you to our staff and physicians who remain committed to serving patients at the site and in this program, despite the many changes over the past few years. We would also like to acknowledge the WLMH Foundation which graciously provided the hospital with a grant to assist with OBGYN recruitment, in addition to its ongoing financial support of the program. Finally, we thank our partners at Niagara Health in caring for WLMH mothers and babies during this time.

Creating Capacity for Construction

In the coming weeks, you may see WLMH staff and physicians making their way to the hospital on foot or via shuttle service. Some of the hospital’s parking lot space is needed to support the next phase of construction and arrangements have been made for staff and physicians to park off-site.

Patients and visitors may continue to access parking as usual via the lot on Main Street.

If you see a WLMH team member walking down Main Street, please give them a friendly wave and thank them!

New West Lincoln Memorial Hospital is a done deal!

Now its time to build!

Shovels are about to hit the ground on the new West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH)!

The Government of Ontario approved the start of construction to begin on the new Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) site following the closing of the project contract between EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare (EDIH) and HHS on April 29, 2022.

Related: read the full news release

The next day, local elected, hospital and community leaders gathered to celebrate.

Here are a few pics from the day.

More diagnostic imaging upgrades on the way

Summer is in full swing, and so is construction on the WLMH mammography and x-ray rooms.

The current machines have been well used and have now reached the end of their useable lifespan. Upgrades are needed to the rooms before the updated, top-of-the-line equipment can be installed.

Construction is well underway on the mammography room. The room is on-track to receive the machine the first week of September, with it being ready for patients by the end of September.

Demolition is also taking place on the first of the two x-ray rooms, to allow for continuity of service. X-ray machines use and produce more radiation than mammography, so the construction will follow a similar path as the computed tomography (CT) suite preparation. The first room will be open early October and work will start on the second at that time, reopening later this year.

These machines are being purchased through Hamilton Health Sciences’ Managed Equipment Services (MES) agreement with Siemens Healthineers. The same one which supported the purchase of the CT.

We’ll have more to share on these developments in the coming weeks and months.

Photo essay: Building the CT suite

Pictures are worth a thousand words. We’ve taken many opportunities over the past 9 months to capture different stages of the development – from office space to CT suite. Check out this stunning transformation.

Original floor plan when it was used as office space
Office space
And just in case you didn’t believe us that this was formerly an office space, here’s another blurry pic to prove it
CT suite floor plan
Demo day! Out with the old…
…preparing for the new
After demolition, construction crews rebuild the suite and line walls with lead panels to contain the radiation
Welding overhead mounts for equipment
Structure is built outside of the suite to house the CT “chiller”
At long last, the CT is delivered into….
…the brand new CT suite!
Patient waiting area with nature-print dividers
IV insertion and patient monitoring area
Details matter. This overhead panel provides a calming view for patients while receiving a scan
Finally, here’s the CT in its natural habitat!

Ontario Invests $15 Million to Support the Redevelopment of West Lincoln Memorial Hospital

New State-of-the-Art Replacement Hospital in Grimsby will Improve Access to Quality Health Care

NEWS
February 2, 2021

GRIMSBY – As part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, the Ontario government is making an additional investment of over $15 million to support the planning and design of the new Hamilton Health Sciences – West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby. Once complete, this new state-of-the-art hospital will replace the existing aged facility, expand capacity, improve access to quality care and help end hallway health care for patients and families in West Niagara.

“This is another great step toward the new hospital West Niagara needs. A new West Lincoln Memorial Hospital is right around the corner,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

“I will keep advocating to make sure this project continues to move forward. Since the announcement of a new hospital in 2018, everyone has moved quickly to make this a reality. Getting to Stage 3 is an immense accomplishment for the many staff and planners who have helped get it to this point.”

The Ministry of Health has reviewed and accepted the Functional Program Submission. The new West Lincoln Memorial Hospital will provide patients and families in the region with the following:
• A modern, up to date facility with capacity for a total of 61 beds;
• A larger, 24/7 emergency department that will provide more space for staff and patients;
• Maternal and newborn services to support high-quality care during labour and birth;
• Modern surgical suites to deliver care with the best technology available; and
• Outpatient care services including minor surgical procedures such as endoscopies.
Following design of the new hospital, project procurement is expected to begin in 2021. The procurement process will ensure a fair, open and transparent selection of a proponent to begin construction on the new hospital.

“Investing in major hospital infrastructure projects like the redevelopment of West Lincoln Memorial Hospital is a key part of our government’s plan to end hallway health care and build a modern and connected health care system,” said Christine Elliott, Minister of Health.

“This investment will help to ensure that patients and families across West Niagara have access to high-quality care they need, when they need it, and that frontline health workers have the modern facilities and resources they need to deliver that care.”

“Hamilton Health Sciences is grateful for the outpouring of support for this project, particularly from Minister Elliott and her team, MPP Oosterhoff, Infrastructure Ontario, regional and local elected representatives and partners, and the West Niagara community,” said Rob MacIsaac, President & CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences.

“This project is a great example of what can be achieved through collaboration and shared vision. Each milestone we reach is a shared accomplishment for everyone involved.”

The new hospital in Grimsby is part of Ontario’s investment of $20 billion over 10 years to build new and expanded hospital infrastructure. The funding announced today is in addition to the over $2.2 million in provincial funding provided to support the planning of the redevelopment of the hospital.

Quick Facts
• On average, there are approximately 20,000 visits to the emergency department at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital each year, and around 2,900 patients are admitted to the hospital. Approximately 750 babies are born every year at the hospital.
• While early planning work for the redevelopment project was undertaken, Ontario invested $10.5 million to support immediate infrastructure improvements to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Fundraising for new WLMH gets big boost

When building new health care infrastructure in Ontario, hospitals are required to raise 30 per cent of the total project cost, which includes 10 per cent of construction cost and 100 per cent of furniture, fixtures and equipment. This fundraising effort is referred to as the “local share.”

Infrastructure Ontario is pegging the WLMH rebuild around $200 million, which means the WLMH Foundation’s campaign will need to raise about $60 million.

Last week, Niagara Regional Council approved a $12.6 million commitment for the rebuild. The Region’s pledged investment follows the $26 million support already committed by the Town of Grimsby, Town of Lincoln and Township of West Lincoln.

“We’re grateful for these commitments from our municipal and regional partners. The campaign team is excited to build on this momentum and continue on the fast lane to a new WLMH. We are thrilled to continue our work with the community to take it to the finish to build a healthy community,“ stated Andrew Smith, Campaign Chair.

Stay up-to-date on the Foundation’s campaign on its website.

WLMH OR renos to start mid-June

While infrastructure projects have continued outside West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, there has been a pause on infrastructure activity inside the building due to COVID-19.

Teams at the hospital have continued to work with the contractor to review and adapt renovation plans for the Operating Rooms (OR) and Endoscopy reprocessing area. Here’s a reminder about the renos and what will be involved.

Construction is scheduled to begin mid-June and be completed by early September. All work will be completed in accordance with provincial and hospital guidelines regarding contractor screening and safety.

As plans proceed, we are making sure that everything possible is done to ensure a smooth and seamless process for all of our patients and staff.

Gradual reintegration of services

Planning for the gradual reintegration of clinical services that were paused during our initial pandemic response is underway. The reintroduction of clinical services will follow direction from Ontario Health.

Hospital-based work groups will be meeting to review the perioperative and obstetrical models and services for when the OR reopens in the fall. Work will continue to maintain a safe hospital environment and ensure appropriate allocation of hospital resources as we move through the next phase of pandemic planning.

Completing these projects will help us provide safe care until the new hospital is built. Updates will be shared as work progresses.

(Pictured: the custom air handling unit for the OR was delivered during the first week of May.)

Hospital entrance: November 22 – 25, 2019

The corridor on the main floor at WLMH will be closed as of November 22 at 1:00 pm to support infrastructure work in the main hallway. The main entrance will be open, however access to all areas of the hospital except obstetrics will be via the first floor or the basement.

If you are unable to safely manage stairs, we recommend that you enter the hospital through the Emergency Department entrance or the entrance ramp on the west side of the hospital.

The main hallway will reopen by 7:00 am on Monday, November 25, 2019.

Thank you for your patience.