Region enhancing front line services through new Public Health facility

Niagara Region’s Public Health division in Niagara Falls is getting a brand new home at 7835 McLeod Road, across from the MacBain Community Centre, next to Lowes.

The 21,500 sq. ft. facility being constructed by Villarboit Development Corporation in partnership with Niagara Region’s facilities department. The new construction will be a mixed use development with Niagara Region Public Health as the anchor tenant, who has entered into a 30 year lease with property owner Villarboit.

“This new location will help Niagara Region fulfill our mission of promoting health, preventing disease and protecting the health of the public we serve,” said Alan Caslin, Niagara Regional Chair. “Our community is growing. This new location will help us serve more clients – efficiently and effectively.” Chair

Public Health has been serving the community out of its current location on Kitchener Street since June 21, 1967. The 7,106 sq. ft. facility can only provide in-house client services for dental health, sexual health, and limited mental health services and has currently maximized existing space to make accommodations for Public Health inspectors, reconfigured desks to accommodate more staff, but has ultimately resorted to moving staff to other office locations.

The brand new facility will offer 21,500 sq. ft. of space, enabling the delivery of all programs and services currently offered at other sites throughout the region, fulfilling Niagara Region’s mandate to increase corporate focus on customer service, value for money, and doing business differently in order to improve effectiveness and efficiency of programs.

“We are so pleased to help open this new location in Niagara Falls today,” said Jim Diodati, Mayor,City of Niagara Falls. “It offers improved access to comprehensive public health offerings in one place in Niagara Falls. It is in an excellent location, near new residential growth, with transit access and close to our MacBain Community Centre.”

The new location will feature seven exam and seven counselling rooms, one large meeting room for parenting groups, workshops, and stakeholder meetings, two smaller meeting room spaces, and a proper reception area. The new home of Public Health will accommodate at least 59 staff plus additional clinic staff as scheduled.

“We know that around 60 per cent of what determines people’s health is the social conditions and environments in which they live,” Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Acting Medical Officer of Health & Commissioner, Niagara Region Public Health & Emergency Services. “By integrating ourselves socially into where the Niagara Falls community lives and works, we are best positioned to make an impact on their health. This new location will help us continue to support Niagara residents through clinics, programs, engagement and outreach.”

Source – Niagara Region press release



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