Montfort’s emergency services on the move
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.