Hospi­tal roof leak not a leak after all

Mois­ture built up on unin­su­lated duct sup­ports, con­trac­tor ad­dress­ing the is­sue; ex­pect­ing project ap­proval soon

Medicine Hat News - - FRONT PAGE - GIL­LIAN SLADE gslade@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNGil­lianSlade

What may have looked like a roof leak this week in the new wing of Medicine Hat Re­gional Hospi­tal is some­thing much sim­pler to re­solve, says Al­berta In­fra­struc­ture.

The wa­ter drip­ping from the ceil­ing was in fact mois­ture/con­den­sa­tion from metal rods, Dal­las Huy­bregts, spokesper­son for Al­berta In­fra­struc­ture, told the News.

“There are some metal rods sup­port­ing the duct work in there that are not in­su­lated so when it was cold the rods froze and de­vel­oped frost. Then when it warmed up the frost melted caus­ing the drip­ping,” said Huy­bregts.

The con­trac­tor has been ad­dress­ing the prob­lem.

“These rods have now been in­su­lated, as they were orig­i­nally in­tended to be, and that will solve the con­den­sa­tion is­sue,” said Huy­bregts.

This is­sue was not picked up dur­ing con­struc­tion.

“They are mi­nor de­fi­cien­cies that were missed by the con­trac­tor and they have now been cor­rected,” said Huy­bregts.

The he­li­pad on the roof, to ac­com­mo­date both sin­gle and twin-en­gine he­li­copters, still re­quires Trans­port Canada ap­proval.

“We are work­ing to­wards com­ple­tion of the pad and re­ceiv­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from Trans­port Canada,” said spokesper­son Robert Stor­rier re­cently. ”We are ex­tend­ing the safety net­ting around the pad and com­plet­ing some mi­nor fin­ish­ing work be­fore the fi­nal in­spec­tion. We are an­tic­i­pat­ing that the project will re­ceive ap­proval in the next cou­ple of months.”

The City of Medicine Hat has is­sued oc­cu­pancy per­mits for the new wing. AHS is now work­ing with Al­berta In­fra­struc­ture on any de­fi­cien­cies, Linda Iwasiw, in­terim chief for AHS south zone, said at the Pal­liser Tri­an­gle Health Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil meet­ing in Jan­uary. Iwasiw said the clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing of the new wing can take two to three months to com­plete.

De­part­ments mov­ing into the new fa­cil­ity in­clude the re­nal depart­ment with 19 dif­fer­ent bays plus two iso­la­tion bays. On the left of the main en­trance will be the out­pa­tient fam­ily ma­ter­nity clinic. The can­cer clinic will be lo­cated on the sec­ond floor, day medicine for things like dress­ing changes and pa­tients who need an­tibi­otics ad­min­is­tered by IV and also the lab­o­ra­tory.

The med­i­cal de­vice re­pro­cess­ing depart­ment, or what some would call the ster­il­iza­tion area, will be on the third floor in­clud­ing six rooms for mi­nor pro­ce­dures, cys­toscopy and en­doscopy, ma­ter­nity de­liv­ery suites and 10 NICU suites. On the fourth floor there are 19 bays for pre- and post­op­er­a­tive care, plus six op­er­at­ing rooms.

Rede­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion of the emer­gency depart­ment within the ex­ist­ing build­ing is about to be­gin. Con­struc­tion of­fices and equip­ment can be seen near the en­trance lead­ing to the atrium. Ren­o­va­tions are ex­pected to con­tinue for about two years, ac­cord­ing to Al­berta In­fra­struc­ture.

There will be no ad­di­tional acute care beds in the new wing. The rede­vel­op­ment does how­ever free up ad­di­tional space in the ex­ist­ing hospi­tal as var­i­ous de­part­ments move to the new wing.

In June 2012 the Dr. Dan MacCharles Aux­il­iary Hospi­tal was de­mol­ished to make way for the ex­pan­sion. In Oc­to­ber that year then premier Alison Red­ford un­veiled de­tails of the ex­pan­sion, a con­struc­tion bud­get of $220 mil­lion, with a con­struc­tion com­ple­tion date of win­ter 2016. The of­fi­cial open­ing date is yet to be an­nounced.


What ap­peared to be a roof leak in the new wing of Medicine Hat Re­gional Hospi­tal is in fact the re­sult of con­den­sa­tion on metal rods.

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