Mindemoya hospital construction is progressing well, MHC officials say

Managers at the Manitoulin Health Center expressed their satisfaction with the construction underway after hearing a presentation from representatives of Bélanger Salach Architecture at a board meeting last week.

MINDEMOYA – Managers of the Manitoulin Health Center (CMH) are very satisfied with the progress of construction work on the emergency department at Mindemoya hospital.

“Everything has been very positive and the contractors have kept us updated on construction,” Paula Fields, MHC Co-CEO and Vice President of Clinical Services, told MHC Board members at a meeting. last week. A presentation was made to the board by Taylor Kreps and Louis Bélanger of Belanger Salach Architecture.

“The nursing team was visiting space today and there was a lot of excitement as they can visualize what things are going to look like,” Ms. Fields said. “The construction works are meeting expectations and the extra space is a game-changer in the operation of the emergency department. ”

Taylor Kreps told the board at the zoom meeting, “We’re here tonight to provide an overview of the build to date. Construction began in June this summer and we are almost six months away from the project. She pointed out that excavation and exterior framing work has been carried out and that work continues inside the building, as well as site work. The north assessment pavement will be built in a few weeks and rear parking is complete.

“Work in the chemotherapy room is essential,” Ms. Kreps said. With the existing chemotherapy room having been taken out of service, contractors are trying to minimize downtime so patients can again use the chemotherapy room at the Mindemoya hospital site, she said. Explain. Work is expected to be completed in the chemotherapy room by the end of January, with occupancy by the end of February.

Ms Kreps pointed out that a third of the entire construction project has been completed. She explained that the downstairs emergency department is where the nursing station will be located and that 33 percent of that work is complete.

“Originally, a date of July 2022 was set for the full completion of the project,” Ms. Kreps said. However, she noted that this was extended “from about another month and a half to two months.” The delay was caused by two main factors, one being the amount of rain the area received this year, which delayed exterior works. “But the main reason lies in the air handling units of mechanical equipment. There was a very long delay (to obtain this equipment). Our contractor has been working with the manufacturer on this and it looks like they’ll be installed in mid-January, and then these units can be operational.

At the start of the project, MHC had set aside a contingency fund of $ 488,000 of which only 17 percent has been used so far, Ms. Kreps said.

“In the future when you go through renovations like this every once in a while we’ll run into a problem, but at this point we’re happy with the construction schedule,” Ms. Kreps told the board.

“So far we are happy with the state of construction, but there are still things that need to be tweaked,” Ms. Kreps said. Additionally, she noted, with the new implementation of pandemic protocols with the MHC, everyone working at the site has been fully vaccinated and screening is also underway. “Everyone is doing their part. ”

“I was at the site on Wednesday and things are going to accelerate further as the framing continues (the building),” said Tim Vine, co-CEO of MHC. “It will be a great space, but I am excited about how it looks and I hope clinicians will be as excited and I hope it meets all of their needs.”

“I am amazed at the size of the windows and the natural light that will be in the family department area. It will be wonderful to have all this natural light, ”added Ms. Fields.

The total 2,700 square foot extension of the emergency department will provide better line-of-sight to patient areas from the nursing station, a larger chemotherapy room, greater privacy during visits and an observation area dedicated to mental health.

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