FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Mississauga, ON): Today, the first patients moved into The Credit Valley Hospital’s long-awaited new patient wing. Like clockwork 31 complex continuing care patients and slow stream rehabilitation patients moved from their rooms on the first floor of “E” block at the western end of the hospital, to the new “A” wing – making the trek in beds or wheelchairs under the watchful eyes of caregivers and a host of volunteers. The distance travelled from one end of the hospital to the new area is approximately the length of two football fields (240 metres).
Senior vice president, Susan Kwolek, who is responsible for patient care programs and services, commends the staff for “months of preparation and attention to detail which resulted in today’s flawless move. From caregivers to support personnel and volunteers, they all pulled together during the move and are now making the patients comfortable in their new rooms.”
The new patient wing adds a new level “0” to the hospital because of the slope of the land around the new building.The main hospital building which opened in 1985 has a total of three levels and wings “B” through “E”. In 2005 “F” block, housing the new regional cancer centre and ambulatory care centre opened with four levels. “A” wing has a total of four levels (0 through 3) while H block has three levels (1, 2 and 3).
“A” and “H” wings of the hospital have been under construction since June 2008 to provide the hospital with an additional 270,000 square feet and 70,000 square feet of renovated space. When fully operational the new wings will provide enhanced hospital services including double the number of labour and delivery rooms (from seven to 15) with additional room for growth and more beds, bringing the hospital’s bed capacity to 471.
When The Credit Valley Hospital opened its doors in 1985, it was a single building in the middle of what used to be a farmer’s field. Unlike today, Credit Valley was actively seeking patients and growing programs and services to meet the needs of all patients! Today Credit Valley serves one of the fastest growing communities in Canada at both ends of the age continuum.
The new building will help us to provide greater access to patients requiring hospital care at Credit Valley. Additional beds and capacity to support our patients, will enable us to continue to provide quality and sustainable patient care,” Kwolek said. “ ‘A’ and ‘H’ wings will help us to align our services to the population we are serving today, providing us with the space and tools to provide quality, patient-centred care.”
Areas of “H” wing have seen phased in occupancy over the last few months including an expanded shipping and receiving area and parts of the expanded laboratory services which is almost tripling in size from 15,000 to 42,000 square feet.
Finishing work continues on the other floors of the new building with full patient occupancy in both “A” and “H” wings later in the Spring of 2011.
For More Information Contact:
Wendy Johnson ABC APR, Chief, Communication and Public Affairs
905-813-2617 wjohnson AT cvh DOT on DOT ca
Patients Ron Penny, Janet Harris (behind) and Janet Dukaczewski break through the ceremonial ribbon as they make their way into the new complex continuing patient care unit in Credit Valley Hospital’s new A wing, July 14th.