Community Health Centers are being developed to offer comprehensive primary health services in parts of the region. Four Centers have been approved for Niagara and 2 are in operation.


The Niagara Health System (NHS) is the largest multi-site amalgamation in Ontario and has 6 hospital sites and an ambulatory care center serving 434,000 residents across the 12 municipalities of Niagara. The NHS employs 4,226 employees, of which approximately 1,800 are nurses, and there are about 560 physicians with hospital privileges and 1,100 active volunteers. The NHS provides care to almost 35,000 in-patients annually; and 200,000 are treated annually at the five 24/7 Emergency Departments and one 14-hour Prompt Care Center.


The NHS has an estimated 945 beds including long term care and addictions recovery programs (525 acute care, 58 Mental Health, 169 complex continuing Care, 78 Addictions Services, 115 Long Term Care). The average daily admissions are 91.9; the average number of patient admissions is 33,630; the average length of stay is 6.5 days; and the number of births in NHS is 2,967. Source:


Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Center provides complex continuing care and rehabilitation services in Niagara. They employ 400 staff, 10 medical staff and have 124 in-patient beds. The average length of stay for complex continuing care is 59.2 days; 33.4 for rehabilitation; and 6-8 weeks for out-patient rehabilitation. Source:


The planned new acute care hospital for St. Catharine’s will have a regional cardiology program, a mental health program and an oncology program.


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