Kingston General Hospital: Focusing on complex-acute and specialty care

The quality of the physical environment now matches the quality of the care. That’s how patients and families are summing up Kingston General Hospital’s $196-million redevelopment project that is almost complete.
 
Started in July 2008, the project has been implemented in phases to ensure continuous operation of the hospital. It’s been a significant challenge having a major construction project underway while we continue to serve some of the sickest and most vulnerable patients in the region. But, we’re almost there.
 
The overall project is now 95 per cent complete. Five of the hospital’s seven projects are now operational including new units for pediatrics, medicine/inpatient oncology, dialysis, mental health and a newly renovated and expanded intensive care unit. The remaining projects – the renovation and expansion of both the cancer centre and central processing services – are almost complete.
 
When all is said and done, KGH will have added 170,000 square feet of new space and renovated another 143,000 square feet. The bright and spacious new areas have been designed to enhance the privacy and comfort of our patients and families. The units are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and several ‘green’ features have been added. The modernized facilities will also help retain and attract some of the brightest caregivers, students, clinicians and researchers.
 
Together, these new spaces will allow us to improve access and better serve the more than 500,000 people across southeastern Ontario who rely on us for complex-acute and specialty care that only KGH provides.

 

Hospital staff, donors, community members, ministry representatives and health-care partners all had the opportunity to view the newly expanded Intensive Care Unit at the opening event on December 2, 2011.

 

​Highlights of our redevelopment project

• Expansion of the intensive care unit (ICU) from 21 to 33 beds to provide patients with increased access to the most urgent care needed in a family oriented environment which will include a family lounge area and quiet consultation rooms.

• Construction of a new unit for inpatient mental health (from Hotel Dieu Hospital) to provide patients with a safe treatment setting for acutely ill patients. This project includes a dedicated child and adolescent mental health unit.

• Expansion and renovation of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario to provide patients with an environment that will enhance privacy and dignity. This project includes adding two new radiation bunkers to increase treatment capacity, increasing the number of chemotherapy treatment chairs from 15 to 39, adding a specialized clinic area for pediatric patients and almost doubling the overall size of the cancer centre from 54,445 square feet to 91,085 square feet.

• Construction of a new, expanded 40-station in-centre kidney dialysis unit to provide enhanced comfort, privacy and dignity for a growing patient population who are some of the most acute and fragile patients from across Ontario.

• A new 25-bed unit for inpatient pediatrics to provide patients with enhanced privacy and increased access to a state-of-the-art pediatric critical care unit.

• A new 32-bed unit for medicine and inpatient oncology patients to provide. The new unit will consist of more private and isolation rooms to protect cancer patients with compromised immune systems.

• Expansion and upgrade of central processing services that provides the cleaning, decontamination and sterilization of surgical instruments and other patient care items.