Mont­fort’s emer­gency ser­vices on the move

Orleans Star - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe Gon­za­lez

Afew days away from its open­ing, the Mont­fort Hospi­tal team is pre­par­ing for the big move of all its emer­gency ser­vices to a new lo­ca­tion to­day. With much pride, out­go­ing pres­i­dent Gérald Savoie and his team vis­ited the new space that is al­most dou­ble the size of the ser­vice’s cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

The space will only be a tem­po­rary home, how­ever, as the build­ing they’re va­cat­ing is ren­o­vated and ex­panded. Work will be­gin within 48 hours of the move so construction is com­plete by spring 2010. The fi­nal project will see the emer­gency ser­vice’s space grow four times from its cur­rent size.

Savoie noted the one-day move, sched­uled for Tues­day, July 14, won’t be an easy task and that it’s es­sen­tial to do it as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“This is new for On­tario,” Savoie added. “We’re the first in­fra­struc­ture project in the prov­ince to use th­ese new construction guide­lines. As soon as our new space is avail­able – mean­ing 95 per cent of the construction is com­plete – we have 10 days to get the new fa­cil­i­ties up and run­ning.”

Al­though all ser­vices will be avail­able as of 7 a.m. Tues­day, the Mont­fort team rec­om­mends avoid­ing the emer­gency room if pos­si­ble to en­sure the best pos­si­ble ser­vice dur­ing the tran­si­tion. Per­son­nel will be busy trans­fer­ring all the equip­ment and get­ting ser­vices set up in the new space. Savoie in­di­cated that other med­i­cal cen­tres will be pre­pared to re­ceive an in­flux of pa­tients to­day.

On top of the new emer­gency room, the Mont­fort team is also pre­par­ing for the Aug. 4 open­ing of its nu­clear medicine clinic.

With all the un­cer­tainty of the med­i­cal iso­tope cri­sis, Savoie of­fered re­as­sur­ance that they’ve part­nered with the Ottawa Hospi­tal to en­sure they have a proper sup­ply of the pre­cious prod­uct.

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