What’s Up @ WLMH: July 2020

Local leader to head up rebuild project team

Hamilton Health Sciences recently made a big hire for the #newWLMH team. Grimsby-resident Bart DeVries is coming on board as our Director of Redevelopment Projects and is taking the lead on the rebuild.

Meet Bart.

Mental health clinic staffer earns elite clinical certification

Congratulations to Aprile Titterson – a social worker at the West Niagara Mental Health clinic at WLMH – on recently completing the Prolonged Exposure (PE) certification for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is a huge accomplishment as Aprile now finds herself in an elite group of only 25 PE Certified Therapists across Canada. With this certification, Aprile’s expertise will expand treatment offered to the West Niagara community for those dealing with PTSD, adding to the considerable clinical supports and services currently provided at the clinic.

“I feel very grateful to work with such a caring and driven team of professionals that prioritize evidence-based practices to best support the community of West Niagara.  Prolonged Exposure is one of the many therapies we utilize to help individuals move forward in their lives. Clinically, it is a very rewarding experience to see how this therapy can help transform a person’s life in such meaningful ways.  Also, a special mention to Christopher Conley who has been such an important driver in bringing so many learning opportunities to the staff at our clinic and often extending the learning to other clinics throughout Niagara region,” says Aprile.

Conley, a Senior Clinical Specialist at the clinic, was Aprile’s certification supervisor and also continues to serve the community as a PE Certified Therapist.

Planning, design and conformance team selected for WLMH project

In case you missed it, we’ve brought B+H Architects / mcCallumSather on as the planning, design and conformance (PDC) team for the rebuild. Read the full announcement here.

Ongoing Infrastructure Updates

Work Completed
– Commissioning of Diesel Generator #1
– Parking Lot Lighting Replacement

Upcoming Work
– ED and BWard – lighting, plumbing fixture replacement, window sills – Fall

Local leader to head up rebuild project

Hamilton Health Sciences recently made a big hire for the #newWLMH team. Grimsby-resident Bart DeVries is coming on board as our Director of Redevelopment Projects and is taking the lead on the rebuild. Here’s a little bit about Bart.

Tell us about yourself and your background.

BD: I grew up in Beamsville and live in Grimsby. I was born at WLMH, as were my seven children. I’ve been in the redevelopment and project management field for the last 17 years, working both locally and nationally. I’ve worked at HHS for a few different periods throughout my career.

What hospital development projects have you worked on previously?

BD: I’ve had the opportunity to work on a range of development projects, from small to large-scale, both at HHS and as a consultant. Between 2012 and 2016 I was the Senior Project Manager for the development of the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre in Hamilton. I led the project from planning to close out and I’m proud to say it was delivered ahead of schedule and on budget. I’ve also spent some time working at Colliers managing teams of equipment consultants on projects across Canada. In this role I will be working on other HHS projects in the future as well.

What is your role in building the #newWLMH?

BD: Going forward, I’ll be responsible for the overall management and execution of the project. This means managing internal and consulting teams throughout planning, design, construction, and occupancy, while being a main point of contact for our partners at the Ministry of Health and Infrastructure Ontario. Myself and our team of internal staff will be responsible for making sure this project is successful and I know we’re up to the challenge. I’m very familiar with HHS and P3 methodology, so this project is a natural fit.

What does building a new WLMH mean to you?

BD: This new hospital will be the largest single piece of infrastructure ever delivered in this community. The scale of the project is exciting and so is being part of the process of bringing it to life. Also, the community has been behind the project for a long time and has been very patient waiting for this to happen. This motivates me to get it right and I’m excited to be able to execute this project on behalf of the community. When I get involved in a project, I put everything into it and I get very passionate about my work. As mentioned, I have a number of personal connections to the hospital and I’m glad to be part of this next chapter of WLMH’s story.

Fun Fact: Bart’s father, and more recently his brother, have managed landscaping at the WLMH site since the 1980s.

What’s Up @ WLMH: COVID-19

We are taking precautions at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) to ensure the safety of our staff, physicians, patients, families and community. More information related to COVID-19 is available here:

Hamilton Health Sciences hospital information

Niagara Region Public Health
Hospital access

Visitor guidelines have changed and we have moved to a no-visitor policy with very few exceptions. Based on these guidelines, infrastructure work at WLMH, with the exception of some limited outside work, has been placed on hold. 

Patient care

 The Ministry of Health has mandated all health care facilities to postpone all non-urgent elective activity, including surgeries and non-urgent clinic visits.

Some patients receiving non-urgent scheduled care may access care by phone or virtually

Elective surgeries are being postponed and perioperative services at West Lincoln are temporarily closed. This will support additional patient care capacity and availability of health care professionals in the weeks ahead.  West Lincoln patients requiring urgent surgical procedures will receive care at the appropriate alternative hospital.  Patients will be notified by their surgeon if their surgery is deferred. 

Planning for a new WLMH

The Capital Planning team continues to move forward with planning for the new WLMH. Kick-off meetings took place earlier this month. Work led by non-clinical team members continues to move ahead. We remain committed to moving forward, recognizing COVID-19 presents an evolving situation and patient care requirements remain our top priority. 

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