HAMILTON, ON, May 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, joined hospital officials and health care partners today to celebrate completion of the redeveloped Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre (JHCC).
The project was completed on time and on budget, adding more than 450,000 square feet of new and renovated space and increasing capacity from 234 to 338 beds.
The JHCC, which is part of Hamilton Health Sciences, is now a modern, state-of-the-art facility that will further enhance the ability of staff and physicians to provide outstanding care.
The redevelopment project has also enabled the consolidation of two highly specialized services at the JHCC - hematology oncology and hepatobiliary surgery. Hematology oncology services were previously located in both the JHCC and the McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC), and hepatobiliary surgery took place at both MUMC and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. Consolidating these programs allows the teams of experts to combine their strengths and abilities to provide the best patient care.
The expansion has created additional oncology beds and increased capacity in emergency services, diagnostic services, ambulatory clinics and surgery. The creation of nine operating suites will also help meet surgical oncology and orthopedic care needs across the region.
The building team, led by EllisDon Corporation, began work in February 2008. At the peak of construction, approximately 500 workers were on-site daily, with the majority of workers coming from Hamilton and surrounding communities.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care worked with Hamilton Health Sciences to redevelop the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, 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, on time and on budget. It also manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, offers real estate services, such as asset management and property and land management, and provides the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew public infrastructure.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"I'm extremely proud to see the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre's redevelopment project completed - on time and on budget. The new, state-of-the-art facilities will improve access to quality care for this community and provide vital health services for the people of Hamilton."
Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
"I am very excited for everyone in Hamilton who has worked so hard to see this beautiful health care facility take shape. I'm proud of our government's investment in helping to make this project happen."
Murray Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton Health Sciences
"Redevelopment of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre symbolizes what we can achieve when we all work together towards a common goal of building a healthcare facility that will meet the needs of patients today and in years to come. We are grateful for the support of the Government of Ontario in helping us to fulfill this dream for the patients we serve."
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Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre Redevelopment
This spring, the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre (JHCC) is celebrating a monumental milestone with the completion of a redevelopment project that began in February 2008. This fulfills a vision shared by staff, physicians, patients, volunteers and the community to build a state-of-the-art, full-service hospital offering high quality and innovative care to patients across the region.
From the beginning, redevelopment was about replacing a large portion of the aging facility with a new, modern environment that enabled staff and physicians to provide outstanding care. Features of the redevelopment include:
- increased bed capacity, from 234 to 338 beds;
- an increased number of single patient rooms, which are more comfortable for patients and safer from an infection control perspective;
- direct sight lines to the outdoors from many clinical spaces;
- and improved function and flow across the site so patients have a better experience and staff can work more effectively.
Additional highlights include:
- a state-of-the-art Emergency Department built to maximize efficiency and patient flow with infection control principles at the forefront of its design;
- an impressive Surgical Suite including nine large, new operating rooms equipped with the latest in medical technology;
- a consolidated Diagnostic Imaging Department featuring new leading-edge imaging equipment, including a new 3T MRI;
- an enhanced Oncology Inpatient Unit designed to meet the needs of patients and their families;
- a new Hematology Inpatient Unit featuring patient rooms with picturesque views of the Hamilton skyline and specialized air filtration systems;
- a custom-designed Intensive Care Unit that offers more privacy and comfort to our most critically-ill patients and their visiting loved ones;
- outpatient support services such as the Patient Registration Centre, Medical Diagnostic Unit and Specimen Collection;
- a redesigned front lobby and accessible information area to assist patients and visitors upon arrival;
- and a fully-equipped auditorium and meeting space to enable professional collaboration and development.
As one of Hamilton Health Sciences' largest hospital building projects, the JHCC includes approximately 425,000 square feet of new construction and 35,000 square feet of renovated space. As a result of redevelopment, more than 70 per cent of the Juravinski Hospital is either new or renovated.
The project was completed on time and on budget. Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care worked with Hamilton Health Sciences to manage the redevelopment project.
Interesting facts about the project:
- Approximately 1,281,336 work-hours went into construction of the redeveloped hospital.
- More than 50,000 cubic metres of rock was excavated from the site in order to build the new portion of the hospital.
- The building stands 26 metres high and 135 metres long.
- Forty tonnes of steel rebar and about 120 truckloads of concrete were used to construct and reinforce the hospital's massive foundation.
- Construction required the assembly of two tower cranes, each standing 244 metres high.
- The building's open-concept design and floor-to-ceiling windows allows natural light to filter through the space creating a warm and welcoming environment for patients and visitors.
- The entire front wall of the building is comprised of tinted glass. Multi-coloured glass panels were added intermittently throughout to add a splash of colour and dimension into the space.
- Sunken gardens surrounding the building's lower levels give patients a direct view to the outdoors despite being below ground.
- On the north side of the new building, there are spectacular views of the City of Hamilton in patient and public areas.
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For further information:
Hamilton Health Sciences
905-521-2100, Ext. 64138
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