REGINA, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The opening of a new Regina facility
designed to provide surgeries for ear, nose and throat, orthopedics and
dental procedures will be delayed two weeks. The facility, which will
house five operating theatres, and will be run by Calgary-based
Surgical Centres Inc (SCI), was due to start surgeries on February 13th, but will now likely not see any procedures until February 24th. The reason for the delay is that oxygen supply lines did not meet new
construction code guidelines.
"We are of course very disappointed by this delay," says Fatima Fazal,
Chief Operating Officer for SCI. "We have been in business for over 20
years, are very thankful to the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR)
for awarding us this contract, and wanted to start providing needed
surgeries as quickly as possible." Fazal notes that SCI continues to
be focused on getting the facilities opened as soon as possible.
"PCL, as the chosen builder for SCI has discovered through our rigorous
quality assurance program that the type of soldering used for joints on
the copper tubing did meet the required specification or code
requirements," says Kris Hildebrand, District Manager for PCL. "This is not acceptable to PCL as the safety of our workers and the
public have always been paramount to our company. Subsequently, the
corrective action was taken immediately and will revise the completion
date of the work to February 17th, 2012."
SCI understands that during construction delays routinely occur, but are
focused on getting the centre opened as soon as possible. "We were
given this contract to reduce wait times for surgical procedures and to
free up surgical time for other procedures in RQHR acute care
facilities and that's our priority" says Fazal. "We have a stellar
record of providing these services, and are eager to open our doors in
SOURCE Surgical Centres Inc.
For further information:
Fatima Fazal at 403-640-1188 ext 127