Selecting the team to lead the hospital planning process

Windsor Regional Hospital has selected the team that will lead the planning process for the new hospital.

Paul Landry has been appointed project director. He led similar planning and construction phases for new hospital projects in Montreal and Vancouver.

“Working with hospital staff and communities to modernize healthcare facilities is challenging, fun and above all rewarding for everyone involved,” Landry said. “It’s a privilege to now be a part of this project, and I look forward to working with the dedicated and passionate team here.”

Landry will be joined by industry professionals, Dr. Andrew Petrakos as Director of Clinical Program Planning and Jeff Geml as Director of Support Services Planning.

It is estimated that this phase of the planning process will take approximately 14 to 16 months. It will include meeting with user groups and holding town hall meetings to develop plans for functional user spaces within the new hospital.

“We’re also going to have a series of town halls where each of these user groups or combinations of user groups will talk very specifically about what they’d like to see in terms of designing, say, cancer care. What would be the ideal experience and what are the current barriers that exist in the current design that we can do differently in the future, said Allison Johnson, communications and community engagement manager.

Once the consultations are complete, architects and cost estimators will come on board to flesh out the plans.

“We will plan what we need in terms of projected need in the future, and we will present it to the ministry, and we will defend if you want, all this analysis that leads us to the final programmable space. We will then let the cost come back to reflect what the new hospital will cost based on need,” Landry said.

Work on functional programs is supported by Agnew Peckham Healthcare Planners, who has led similar planning exercises at some of Ontario’s largest and newest new hospitals, including The Ottawa Hospital, South Niagara, Trillium Health, Humber River and Oakville-Trafalgar.

This is the second phase of the five-phase project, with the final phase being construction. If all goes as planned, construction could start in the summer of 2026.

“We will be one of the first hospitals to be designed and built after COVID, we will definitely benefit from all the lessons of COVID. One of the clear learnings is that we desperately need a new acute care hospital for Windsor-Essex,” said Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj.

Louisa R. Loomis