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SMH expansion submission off to Ministry

Posted February 26, 2014

Part B of the two-part pre-capital submission process related to Stevenson Memorial Hospital's (SMH) proposed expansion is now in the hands of the Ministry of Health for its approval. Part B includes high level details of what is planned and its expected costs.

If the Ministry approves the submission, it would trigger the five stage development approvals and development process.

SMH is proposing to develop 16,000 "departmental gross square feet" south of the existing Fletcher Crescent hospital building with a connecting link, and separate emergency department entrance for ambulance and walk-ins. Improvements would target the operating rooms, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services. It's a multi-million expansion.

SMH expansion

The current facility was built in 1964 and the 4,000 square-foot Emergency Department was designed to accommodate 7,000 visits per year. There were approximately 30,000 visits to the ER in 2013.

"Existing condition and capacity of the HVAC system, electrical and medical gasses systems do not meet current standards. In addition, due to the current configuration, desirable infection control standards are not attainable," according to the report approved by Central LHIN's board of directors in November. "It is expected that additional operational funding will not be required as a result of the redevelopment. The increased efficiency and flow as a result of the redevelopment is expected to result in a reduction in operating costs."

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