QEH is ag­ing well

A study has con­cluded the poor con­di­tion of many hos­pi­tals poses a se­vere threat but 33-year-old QEH is in good work­ing or­der.

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The Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal ap­pears to be ag­ing well.

The province’s acute-care hos­pi­tal and ma­jor re­fer­ral cen­tre of­fi­cially opened its doors in Char­lot­te­town in April 1982.

At 33 years of age, the build­ing has not been al­lowed to slip into the state of dis­re­pair ham­per­ing nu­mer­mous hos­pi­tals in Canada.

A re­cent Health Care CAN study has con­cluded the poor con­di­tion of many hos­pi­tals in the coun­try poses a se­vere threat to ac­cess to care and to qual­ity of care.

To save costs or meet bud­get tar­gets, hos­pi­tals across the coun­try have been post­pon­ing crit­i­cal re­pairs, the study noted.

“Al­low­ing the con­tin­ued de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of our health-care fa­cil­i­ties will quickly be­come a health and safety is­sue,’’ says Rob MacIsaac, pres­i­dent and CEO of Hamil­ton Health Sciences in On­tario.

The QEH, on the other hand, has been pro-ac­tive in keep­ing the large struc­ture in good work­ing or­der, says Jamie Mac­Don­ald, the hos­pi­tal’s CEO.

“I think it is in good con­di­tion,’’ she says.

“I think some of it is top of the line — and I think the ar­eas that we want to work on, we have planned for.’’

While a great deal of money has been spent ex­pand­ing the fa­cil­ity from roughly 350,000 square feet to 550,000 square feet over the last six years, on­go­ing up­keep has also re­ceived the re­quired in­vest­ment, says Terry Camp­bell, di­rec­tor of sup­port ser­vices.

“Our ap­proach is, re­ally, we are us­ing our op­er­a­tional dol­lars just to keep up — try to main­tain as best we can, keep up to date, keep ahead of things, try to take the pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance ap­proach,’’ says Camp­bell.

An­nounced in 2006, the QEH re­de­vel­op­ment pro­ject marked the first ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment in the hos­pi­tal since it was built.

The pro­ject has seen the con­struc­tion of a new emer­gency depart­ment, ex­pan­sion to the can­cer treat­ment cen­tre, and con­struc­tion of a new am­bu­la­tory care cen­tre.

But what was al­ready in place has not been ig­nored.

There have been ma­jor ren­o­va­tions to laun­dry, sup­ply, pro­cess­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion, and ma­te­ri­als man­age­ment de­part­ments, as well as ren­o­va­tions to the ex­ist­ing main lobby and ma­jor ren­o­va­tions to day surgery and pre-surgery clinic.

“I think we’re in pretty good shape, to be hon­est with you,’’ says Mac­Don­ald.

“There is al­ways room for im­prove­ment, to be sure ... to do it right takes a lengthy amount of time and a lot of in­put from clin­i­cians and oth­ers.’’

“Our ap­proach is, re­ally, we are us­ing our op­er­a­tional dol­lars just to keep up — try to main­tain as best we can, keep up to date, keep ahead of things, try to take the pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance ap­proach.” Terry Camp­bell, QEH di­rec­tor of sup­port ser­vices

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

Terry Camp­bell, di­rec­tor of sup­port ser­vices at the QEH, left, and Jamie Mac­Don­ald, the hos­pi­tal’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer, chat near the large air han­dling unit for the am­bu­la­tory care cen­tre.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

On­go­ing main­te­nance has kept the QEH’s large boiler room in good, op­er­at­ing or­der. Terry Camp­bell, di­rec­tor of sup­port ser­vices, says the hos­pi­tal takes the “pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance ap­proach.’’

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