Dozens of dignitaries and doctors were on hand Tuesday for the unveiling of the new emergency ward at the Jewish General Hospital.
The ward, expected to welcome its first patient on February 16th, is part of a $121 million dollar project. The provincial government has authorized two additional phases expected to be completed in 2016.
Officials explained that patients will be welcomed through the doors and met by a nurse who will direct them to the appropriate wing – there isn’t supposed to be any sitting in waiting rooms anymore.
“Either send the patient to the horizontal area, or to the full triage,” said doctor Marc Afilalo. “The goal of the greater is not to make patients wait.”
“One of the key elements we’ve done in this emergency [room] is to give some priority to two clienteles that are vulnerable, the elderly and patients with mental health issues,” he said.
He said the current setup allows family members to be by the side of their loved ones without getting in the way of nurses and doctors.
The ward spreads over 80,000 square feet, larger than an American football field.
Here are clips from the media tour, led by Dr. Marc Afilalo of the Jewish General Hospital: