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Major upgrades for St. Mary’s Hospital
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 19 avril 2012

Photo: Marie Cicchini

St. Mary’s Hospital

It’s one of the biggest renovations in the history of St. Mary’s Hospital.

Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc, accompanied by Raymond Bachand, the finance minister responsible for the Montreal region, and Lawrence Bergman, MNA for D’Arcy McGee, committed $30 million to improve patient care at St. Mary’s. The hospital’s foundation will provide an additional $8.5 million for the project.

Right now St. Mary’s in-patient capacity is 271 beds on six floors. Only 57 are private rooms, the rest are triple and quadruple. But with the addition of new 7th and 8th floors, the private room number will jump to 121, a greater than 100% increase. The total number of beds will not change.

Yves Bolduc said that “the optimum is 100% private rooms but compared with three and four beds in a room, more than 44% private rooms is a big improvement.”

St. Mary’s CEO Dr. Arvind Joshi: “This is one of the largest capital projects in a long time. We’ve already renovated the maternity, oncology and dialysis units.”

It’s known that semi-private and private rooms reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections while affording more patient privacy and dignity and easing the work of healthcare givers.

St. Mary’s Family Medicine Unit will also receive a boost. A separate Quebec grant of $200,000 per year will allow them to stay open longer. “It’s the largest family medicine unit in the province,” said the health minister.

All construction and renovations are to be completed by 2015.

[ Gerri Barrer ]

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