Sechelt Hospital Tower Complete! Next Up?
It was a long time coming but on March 25, 2013, the new Sechelt Hospital tower opened for business. The move of patients and equipment went smoothly for such an enormous and sensitive undertaking, and physicians, staff, patients and visitors are settling in to the new facility, procedures and systems.
Thanks to the tremendous efforts of so many people – and the generous support of our community — Sechelt Hospital now has state-of-the-art medical technology, superior standards of infection control and almost double the amount of space, enabling staff and physicians to provide the best quality patient care and better meet the growing needs of the community.
The new Sechelt Hospital tower includes:
- Five new medical/surgical beds in recognition of the growing demand on the Sunshine Coast;
- Single patient rooms, each complete with its own sink and bathroom to minimize the spread of infection (a Vancouver Coastal Health first);
- A decentralized approach to supplies (each patient room has a dedicated supply cupboard) so nursing staff can spend less time getting supplies and more time with their patients;
- A new Patient Information System that allows for accurate real-time data and statistics
- Larger emergency, radiology, Maternity and Critical Care wards.
Feedback from Sunshine Coast residents who toured the new tower before it opened was overwhelmingly positive. People were impressed not only with the new equipment, but also with the efficiencies that were built into the building design and furnishings – and with the comforts provided by the single patient rooms and common visitor/family space.
Now that the tower is operational, construction of the new lobby and lobby extension are in full swing with completion expected in October 2013. The new lobby will include a gift shop (managed by Sechelt Hospital/ Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary), a new coffee shop, and feature a Sechelt Nation mural that tells a story of community and healing. Another highlight of the new hospital entrance will be three totem poles, also carved by Sechelt Nation artists, to greet patients and visitors to the facility.
Renovations to the existing hospital site will be next. This will entail constructing a beautiful, newly expanded Ambulatory Care Unit on the main floor.
These improvements make Sechelt Hospital the modern, high-tech facility our community needs and deserves. It will help ensure we have quality, sustainable health care on the Sunshine Coast for years to come.
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