Cambridge, Ontario – Cambridge Memorial Hospital took possession of its new wing today, starting a 10-week process to prepare it for patient care.
“Today marks the beginning of a new healthcare chapter in Cambridge and North Dumfries,” says Patrick Gaskin, president & CEO. “We have a beautiful, modern health care facility that will serve our community for generations. We could not have done it without the patience of our staff, physicians, midwives and volunteers and the support of our generous community. Our focus can finally turn to equipping the wing and training our people,” adds Gaskin.
Approximately 2000 staff, physicians, midwives and volunteers need to be trained and oriented to the new wing. Also, 85 vendors have been scheduled to install and test clinical equipment before patient care can begin.
On Saturday January 18, 2020, the Emergency Department (ED) will be the first program to open its doors to patients in the new wing. Following the ED’s move, Intensive Care, Medicine A, Birthing, Women and Children and Mental Health programs will transfer their patients over that weekend. The state-of-the-art operating rooms will be put into service later in the spring.
A community open house is being planned so that the public can have a peek inside areas that would otherwise be closed for patient care. This event will take place on Saturday, January 11, the week before the wing is opened to patients.
Cambridge Memorial Hospital’s $187M Capital Redevelopment Project involves the construction of a new patient care wing and the complete refurbishment of the existing Wing B patient care facility. At this time, a contractor has not been chosen for the refurbishment phase of the project.
Inpatient Surgery, Medicine B and Rehabilitation programs are remaining in their respective locations until work begins in Wing B.