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December 9, 2022
Heather Winterstein was only 24 years old when she felt ill and went to the emergency department at St. Catharines General Hospital for help, only to die from a treatable illness.
One year later, Niagara Health announced it is beginning an external assessment of the emergency department (ED) to improve patient care and experiences for Indigenous Peoples.
The independent assessment follows the tragic death of Heather Winterstein, an Indigenous patient in Niagara Health’s care in December 2021, Niagara Health said in a press release on Dec. 8.
“This ED Assessment is done in Heather’s memory,” the release notes.