Ontario Celebrates Grand Opening of New Emergency Department in Espanola

Ministry of  Health and Long-Term Care

Patient Capacity Nearly Doubled at Expanded Espanola Emergency Department


October 13, 2015 12:30 P.M.


Ontario is celebrating the official opening of Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre's newly expanded emergency department, which will give patients faster access to emergency services and a better patient experience.

Ontario's $4.7 million investment in this project means that patients in Espanola and the surrounding community will benefit from:

  • An expanded and redesigned emergency department with nearly double the patient capacity, including 11 treatment rooms compared to the previous six
  • A new medication room in the emergency department area
  • Additional support space in the emergency department including patient waiting areas, a patient registration area and a conference room
  • A new ambulance bay with direct access into the emergency department
  • Improved infection control and patient privacy
  • Improved safety, efficiency and movement of patients and staff throughout the facility.


This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years in infrastructure such as roads, bridges, transit, hospitals and schools.

Investing in hospitals is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up.


The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.




" Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre is a great example of local health care providers working together to create a health hub tailored to the local community’s needs. Helping patients access high quality care as close to home as possible is a major goal of my Patients First Action Plan." - Dr. Eric Hoskins - Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


" I am pleased that our government has shown its dedication to improving health care services throughout the province, and especially in the north. The opening of the new emergency department in Espanola is fantastic news, ensuring that more Ontarians from rural and remote communities have access to quality health care." - Glenn Thibeault - MPP for Sudbury


" Espanola Regional Health Centre is a great example of community hospital ingenuity. The hospital's integrated campus model, combined with its newly renovated emergency department, will continue to ensure people have faster access to the quality care they need in our region's smaller communities."- Louise Paquette - CEO, North East Local Health Integration Network


" With a modest investment, we have been able to transform our local healthcare system with the addition of new space, enhanced services and new equipment. Patients in our area now have faster access to better and safer care, thanks to the generous investment made by the Government of Ontario and the North East Local Health Integration Network as well as the commitment of our local citizens who continue to support our Foundation." - Ray Hunt - CEO, Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre


  • The new emergency department has about 10,000 square feet of space. This redevelopment project involved 3,213 square feet of new construction and 6,830 square feet of renovations.
  • Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre serves a population of about 14,000 with a catchment area that includes the Town of Espanola and Townships of Nairn & Hyman, Sables-Spanish River and Baldwin.
  • As well as a hospital, Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre includes a long-term care home, Family Health Team, senior’s assisted living centre, with a Community Care Access Centre co-located on the campus.



Patients  First: Action Plan for Health Care

Building Together - Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan