If you’ve visited Queens General Hospital recently you know that construction of the new medical unit and primary health care centre is well underway. The overall physical dimensions, layout, and basic architectural outlines of the project are now clearly visible.
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The hospital expansion project is on track for an early 2014 opening.
“After many years of planning, design and construction, it’s very exciting to see this project take shape,” said South Shore Health’s President and CEO Dr. Peter Vaughan. “What was once a shared community vision is now very close to reality.”
Over the past several months, there has been steady progress on the site and the project is now about 70 per cent complete. The concrete foundation, walls and floor decks have been poured and underground systems including water, sewer and electrical conduit are installed. Inside, most of the mechanical work including plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning has been roughed-in. Steel studs, insulation, Gyproc wallboard, taping and crack filling are ongoing in the new medical unit.
Within the next couple of weeks the buildings should be weather tight, and windows and exterior wall cladding underway. Some interior walls will receive the first coat of primer, and suspended ceiling grids will be installed. Preparation is also underway for the demolition of the old nurses residence, scheduled to take place in September.
“We know everyone is anxious to get back to normal as quickly as possible. This will allow us to finish most of the grounds work, including paving, before winter, rather than waiting until next Spring, ” said Dr. Vaughan.
Construction of the new medical unit and primary health care centre began in October 2012 and was expected to take 18-months. The schedule and budget for the project are monitored and reviewed on a regular basis
“Although we had hoped to accelerate the timeline and complete the project by the end of 2013, a number of factors, including harsh winter weather conditions, prevented that from happening. We’re now back to the original timeline, and are expecting the handover by March,” said Dr. Vaughan.
While on budget and on schedule, there have been some challenges. Patients, families, staff and physicians have faced noise and vibration of jackhammers and extremely cramped quarters during construction. The extended closure of the kitchen and cafeteria, site conditions due to poor weather this winter and ongoing issues related to parking have also been extremely challenging.
“Completing a major construction project in a busy, functioning hospital, is not a simple or easy task, but there is a spirit of teamwork, cooperation and community here that has helped minimize the impacts,” said Dr. Vaughan. We appreciate the community’s patience, understanding and cooperation. We are also very grateful to staff, physicians and community partners who have worked tirelessly to ensure patients are safe, comfortable and well cared for despite these challenges.”
Queens General Health Project Goals:
• Enhance the patient/client experience
• Enhance safety and efficiency by
incorporating advances in technology,
equipment and standards of patient care
• Maintain and enhance access to primary
• Increase emphasis on health promotion,
disease and injury prevention and
management of chronic disease
• Create more opportunities for teamwork,
collaboration, communication, learning and
• Improve the work environment for staff
• Support our efforts to recruit and retain