Building Our Healthy Future

Hospital redevelopment

Hamilton Health Sciences is on a journey to transform our oldest hospital buildings and ensure our services meet the needs of our patients and community, now and into the future.

Some of our hospital facilities are almost 100 years old. They were built to the standards of the day and no longer make sense for modern patient care. These spaces make it hard for our people to do their jobs and are far from what patients and families expect their care experience to be like.

Our community is growing, so our hospital needs to grow as well.

Our Healthy Future

Our journey, called Our Healthy Future (OHF), started in 2015. Thousands of voices from across the hospital, community and regions that the hospital serves came together to let us know what was most important. We developed a plan which was approved by the provincial government in 2017.

Six years later, OHF continues to be a big part of our strategic plan. We are well on our way to rebuilding our aging facilities, with one project under construction and another approved to continue detailed planning.

This page has more information about these projects, our plan and how we are now Building Our Healthy Future to grow alongside our community, people and patients.

Current Projects

Use the tabs at the top of this page to see more detailed information about the Juravinski Hospital redevelopment plan and the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital new construction.

Juravinski Hospital

Juravinski Hospital

Quick facts

  • Location: Hamilton Mountain
  • Total cost: $2.3 billion
  • Stage: 1.3 – Functional Programming
  • Projected construction start: mid-2028

About Juravinski Hospital

The Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre (JHCC) serves a population of more than 2.3 million people and offers a diverse set of patient care services. It is also home to one of the largest and most comprehensive Regional Cancer Programs in Ontario.

Need for Redevelopment

Constructed in 1917, the Juravinski Hospital inpatient facility has grown outdated and poses significant challenges for staff to provide care and discomfort for patients receiving care.

In 2012, the central and east wing of the hospital underwent renovations to better serve patients in need of the Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, Surgery and Oncology. However, that redevelopment project did not include a significant portion of the hospital, which continues to cause significant challenges for patients and the workforce to date.

Upcoming redevelopment efforts are being focused on patient areas that have not been updated since the mid-1900s, and making renovations to the emergency department, diagnostic imaging and surgical areas to enhance patient care and create needed space for technology.

The Project

The redevelopment of the Juravinski Hospital is the single-largest health infrastructure investment in HHS’ history and will also make JH the largest acute inpatient hospital in our region.

Construction will take place as we begin a phased demotion of the four oldest wings of the hospital, and build new, modern patient care areas. The modernized facility will result in an increased footprint of almost 70 per cent, and will feature:

  • All beds will move to single-patient rooms
  • 417 newly constructed beds; 170 net new beds (total of 534)
  • Inpatient units with anticipated bed growth include Medicine, Critical Care, Cancer Care, Community Surgical Care and Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Hallways and common areas will be larger as well to meet current accessibility standards.

West Lincoln Memorial Hospital

West Lincoln Memorial Hospital

Fast facts:

  • Location: Grimsby
  • Total cost: $224 million
  • Current stage: 5 – Implementation / Construction
  • Projected completion: mid-2025
  • Contractor: EllisDon

About West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH)

WLMH has been caring for West Niagara residents for over 70 years. As a community hospital, WLMH provides both inpatient services and outpatient services. As a site of Hamilton Health Sciences, WLMH also serves as a point of access to one of the largest health systems in Canada for patients requiring more specialized care.

Need for Redevelopment

The growth of West Niagara and the advancement of modern health care technology has outpaced the physical infrastructure of WLMH, originally built in 1946. While our staff and physicians have made do with the space they have, a modernized facility will support both the community’s needs and the workforce’s ability to provide exceptional care.

The Project

The West Lincoln Memorial Hospital redevelopment project is currently in construction phase. Ground was broken on the new hospital mid-2022, which is being built directly behind the existing building to provide continuity for patient care during construction.

The new facility will feature:

  • 55 inpatient beds (an increase of 6 from the original site); 6 maternal/newborn suites; 8 bassinets
  • Double the current number of operating rooms: from 2 to 4
  • Approximately 80 per cent larger than the existing hospital
  • 100 per cent single-patient rooms, enhancing patient comfort and privacy, and improving infection prevention and control.
  • Easier access to the hospital for community and staff with increased parking capacity
  • Home to signature programs, including but not limited to: an Emergency Department; Diagnostic Imaging; Complex Continuing Care; Acute Inpatient Care; Maternal & Newborn; Day Surgery & Endoscopy; and Ambulatory Care

Project milestones

  • November 2020 – Request for Qualifications
  • April 2021 – Short-list Bidders Selected
  • June 2021 – Request for Proposals
  • April 2022 – Winning Bidder – EllisDon – Selected
  • May 2022 – Construction Begins