Hospital Preparing for Next Move

Smiths Falls, ON – Later this week, staff at the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital will begin moving into a portion of the1950’s wing which has been completely gutted and renovated. 

 Given the progress of recent weeks, the anticipated “hospital ready” date is set for February 15th, 2011.  This is the date that the renovated areas in portions of the 1950’s wing will be formally turned over to the hospital by the contractor and ready for occupancy.  This move represents another major part of the multi-year, $45 million dollar hospital redevelopment project.  “It’s more than a face lift. It’s really a renovation project,” said Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. “We have gutted the area from floor to ceiling and are rebuilding.  So, everything is brand-new and state-of-the-art, including the air system.”

 The hospital is gearing up for transitioning to the 16,000 square foot renovated areas commencing February 16th.

 There are a number of areas being permanently moved to the renovated areas.  Highlights of this phase include:

 Level S (2nd):

–                     Pharmacy

–                     10 Medical Surgical Beds

Level M (1st):

–                     Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation

–                     Physicians’ Lounge

–                     Speech (Temporary)

–                     Clinical Dietitian

 Level G (0 – Lower):

–                     Lab (Temporary)

–                     Health Records (Temporary)

Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Stepanuik said that no service disruptions are expected during the move.

Once the move has been successfully completed, the Hospital will vacate the areas previously occupied by the above departments/people by February 25th.  AECON will then proceed with the next phase of construction.  During this time the elevator in the 1950’s wing will be completely modernized.  As a result it will be out of service from February 25th – April 27th.  On or about February 25th the old main entrance (Cornelia Street) will be closed permanently as it will become a construction zone.  In addition, the small parking (previous physician lot) lot facing Cornelia Street will be closed as well.

“We are extremely excited to have another portion of our phased renovation completed,” stated Mr. Stepanuik. “What this means for our patients and visitors is that our staff are able to offer better services in better facilities. It is a win-win for everyone.”

 “The revitalization of this site is a significant benefit to our patients and staff,” said Larry Sparks, Chair of the Hospital Board.  “We are truly grateful for all of our donors’ generosity and commitment to optimize the health status of our community members.”

 Motorists who have driven along Elmsley and Cornelia Streets by the Hospital during the last few years cannot help but notice the progress of the new hospital=s construction.  From the 2008 groundbreaking ceremony to the once-visible beams of metal that composed the structure=s skeleton, to the construction of the new wing which the hospital occupied in May of 2010, to the successful completion of another phase which will be occupied this week.  The $45 million project is now 80% complete.  Construction of the remainder of the site is slated to be completed in December of 2011.

Finally, all telephone numbers will remain the same, “to try to retain as much continuity as possible,” Mr. Stepanuik said. “People will have to go to a new spot, but as much as possible, we’re trying to minimize the change.”

 Thank you for your ongoing patience with the redevelopment.

 About Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital B The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is a 97 bed multi-site accredited hospital.   The hospital delivers a broad range of services, including emergency and intensive care, medical/surgical care, rehabilitation, and obstetrical care. A variety of ambulatory care clinics are also offered. In addition to these, the Hospital also sponsors Lanark County Mental Health, Lanark County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence and Lanark County Support Services. The hospital serves Lanark County with a rural population of approximately 44,000 residents.  PSFDH employs close to 600 people and relies on the additional support provided by physicians and volunteers. PSFDH is an active member of the South East Local Health Integration Network (“South East LHIN”).  

 For more information contact:

 Todd Stepanuik

President & CEO

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

613-283-2330 ext:1130

www.psfdh.on.ca

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33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
Tel: (613) 267-1500
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60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
Tel: (613) 283-2330

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