KINGSTON, ON, June 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The Honourable John Gerretsen, Minister of Consumer Services and MPP for Kingston and The Islands, joined hospital staff, donors, community members and health-care partners today to celebrate the opening of Kingston General Hospital's new acute mental health unit.

The new mental health unit is transferring to KGH from Hotel Dieu Hospital as part of the hospital's overall redevelopment plan. This move will consolidate all acute inpatient mental health care at KGH while Hotel Dieu will continue to host ambulatory (outpatient) mental health clinics.

The new mental health unit will provide a safe and comforting treatment setting for patients with a variety of disorders and illnesses including, mood, psychotic, personality, adjustment disorders and substance issues. The new space will feature an adult unit, child and adolescent unit- the Kinsmen Youth Mental Health Unit - and intensive observation area.

Patients will begin receiving treatment in the new mental health unit June 21, 2011.

The new mental health unit is part of the hospital's multi-year, multi-million dollar redevelopment project. Construction on the redevelopment project began in July 2008. The first three projects - a new pediatric unit, a new medicine/inpatient oncology unit and new dialysis unit - are now complete and operational. The first phases of the intensive care unit and cancer centre expansions are also complete. The overall project is progressing on time and on budget to be completed in spring 2012.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Kingston General Hospital to redevelop the facility, which will remain publicly owned and publicly controlled.

Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time and on budget; as well, it is dedicated to providing the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew their infrastructure.

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Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure

"Congratulations on another major milestone met today. This redevelopment project is part of the largest reinvestment in health care facilities in Ontario in more than a generation."

Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

"This new mental health unit will provide improved access to vital health services for the people of Kingston. I'm proud of my government's commitment to enhancing the quality of life for those affected by mental health issues and addictions."

John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and The Islands

"This is an exciting milestone for our community. This new mental health unit will provide the care and treatment needed for the region's and province's most vulnerable population."

Leslee Thompson, President and CEO, Kingston General Hospital

"This bright and spacious new facility at KGH will allow us to provide the best of care to patients and families in an environment that is designed for enhanced privacy and comfort. This is a significant step in improving care for patients in Southeastern Ontario."


Kingston General Hospital

The Kingston General Hospital (KGH) project will comprise 170,000 square feet of new construction and more than 143,000 square feet of renovations. The project will be implemented in three phases to ensure continuous operation of the hospital. Once completed, the redeveloped facility will have approximately 550 beds. An improved work environment and modernized facilities will help KGH retain and attract some of the brightest caregivers, students, clinicians and researchers.

Kingston General Hospital Redevelopment Project

Highlights of the redevelopment project include:

  • Expansion of the Level 3 Intensive Care Unit from 21 beds up to 33 beds. Patients will have increased access to receive the most urgent care needed in a family oriented environment which will include a family lounge area and quiet consultation rooms.
  • Expansion and renovation of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, including:
    • the addition of two new radiation bunkers to increase treatment capacity;
    • increasing the overall size of the Cancer Centre from 54,445 square feet to 91,085 square feet;
    • increasing the number of chemotherapy treatment chairs from the current 15 up to 39 chairs;
    • a specialized clinic area for pediatric patients in an overall environment that will enhance privacy and dignity for patients.
    • By increasing services, patients will have better access to the care they need close to home. The expansion will allow the Cancer Centre to better meet current patient volumes and the expected volumes in coming years.
  • Expansion and upgrade of Central Processing Services (CPS), a key support to surgical services. CPS provides key support including the cleaning, decontamination, sterilization and assembly of reusable instrument sets and patient care items. At present, CPS processes 50,000 instrument trays a year.

Portions of the redevelopment project that have been completed:

  • Construction of the new 25-bed unit consolidating paediatric care to one floor was completed and operational in December 2010. This portion of the overall project resulted in a 34 per cent increase in space to 18, 000 square feet.
  • Construction of the new 32-bed medical-oncology unit was completed and became operational in March 2010. This unit includes more single and isolation rooms to support immune-compromised patients.
  • Construction of the new, expanded 40-station kidney dialysis unit was completed and operational in November 2010. The newly designed space provides enhanced comfort, privacy and dignity for a growing patient population who are some of the most acute and fragile patients from across Ontario.
  • The new mental health unit was completed in May 2011 and will open its doors to patients in June 2011. The new space will feature an adult unit, child and adolescent unit and intensive observation area. The new mental health unit will also have spacious lounge and activity areas for adult, children and adolescents which provides a comforting and safe environment for treatment.

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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario

For further information:

Lyndsie York    Karen Smith
Infrastructure Ontario    Kingston General Hospital
416-326-9368    613-549-6666, Ext. 6345


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