JoBrant hos­pi­tal re­de­vel­op­ment on track

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - TIM WHITNELL BURLING­TON — Burling­ton Post

The “new” Joseph Brant Hos­pi­tal is on time and on bud­get, hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials say.

More than 10 years af­ter the over­all idea was en­vi­sioned, Phase 2 of the hos­pi­tal’s $500-mil­lion-plus re­de­vel­op­ment is tak­ing shape with the cen­tre­piece — a seven-storey tower — on sched­ule to open to pa­tients on Aug. 21.

The tower will house a new emer­gency de­part­ment, main en­trance lobby and meet­ing space, all ac­cessed from Lakeshore Road. It will also have nine op­er­at­ing rooms, a postanes­thetic care unit, an ex­panded di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing de­part­ment, ex­panded can­cer clinic, ex­panded In­ten­sive Care Unit (ICU), a larger and mod­ern­ized lab­o­ra­tory, and ex­panded med­i­cal, sur­gi­cal and out­pa­tient ser­vices.

In­side the tower — which was a lit­tle more than two-thirds com­plete as of Dec. 31 — the emer­gency room’s dry­wall is fin­ished with the walls painted with “heal­ing and calm­ing colours” through­out.

The tow­ers’ op­er­at­ing rooms have been con­structed with spe­cial floor­ing and walls for in­fec­tion pre­ven­tion and con­trol mea­sures. Equip­ment is now be­ing in­stalled in the rooms.

Begin­ning in March, some staff will be able to use the ICU for train­ing on pa­tient rooms, equip­ment and floor lay­out.

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