Hospital addition completed ahead of schedule and on budget
KINGSTON, ON, April 10, 2012 /CNW/ - John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and The Islands and Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, joined hospital staff and health care partners today to celebrate substantial completion of Kingston General Hospital's redevelopment project. This project includes the official reopening of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.
The project was completed four months ahead of schedule and on budget and has resulted in more than 310,000 square feet of new and renovated space and increased capacity to 459 beds.
The redevelopment project has created a more family oriented environment and improved patients' access to cancer care and kidney dialysis. Services have also been expanded and upgraded in Intensive Care, the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, Paediatrics, Inpatient Acute Mental Health and Central Processing Services, which cleans, decontaminates and sterilizes instrument sets and patient care items.
The building team, led by PCL Constructors, began work in July 2008. At the peak of construction there were approximately 175 workers on site daily and approximately 90 per cent of the workers were local.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care worked 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, on time and on budget; managing one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada and providing real estate services, such as asset management and property and land management; and providing the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew public infrastructure.
John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and The Islands
"This is an exciting milestone for our community. This new Kingston General Hospital will allow patients to receive specialized treatment close to home and their loved ones."
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"The revitalized Kingston General Hospital will provide improved access to vital health services for the people of Kingston. I'm proud of my government's commitment to enhancing health care services for residents in their time of need."
Leslee Thompson, President and CEO, Kingston General Hospital
"Today, we celebrate the completion of Phase I of our redevelopment project and celebrate the updated state-of-the-art Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario," said Leslee Thompson, President and CEO of Kingston General Hospital. "These milestones will help ensure that we are able to provide patients who count on us for care with the best possible programs and services."
Kingston General Hospital
The Kingston General Hospital (KGH) project comprised 170,000 square feet of new construction and more than 143,000 square feet of renovations. The project was implemented in three phases to ensure continuous operation of the hospital. The redeveloped facility will have approximately 459 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.
To learn more about KGH, please visit www.kgh.on.ca.
For further information:
Kingston General Hospital
613-549-6666, Ext. 6875
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