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Phase One of St. Marys Memorial Hospital Patient Room Rebuild Starts June 12

May 03, 2023

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) - St. Marys Memorial Hospital is set to undergo one of the largest transformations in its history thanks to the generous support of the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation and their donors. As announced in November 2022, the Patient Room Rebuild project will see a number of improvements made to the inpatient care areas.

Highlights of the project include:

  • New headwalls with updated clinical and communication services in all patient rooms
  • Mechanical patient lifts
  • New wheelchair accessible washrooms
  • Improved accessibility for existing washrooms
  • A negative pressure isolation room
  • New clean and soiled utility rooms and new tornados
  • Hand hygiene sinks throughout both patient wings and support areas
  • Updated communications and security and safety systems
  • Upgraded fire safety system
  • New privacy curtains and window blinds
  • Updated heating and cooling systems
Phase One of construction will begin in the East Wing of the hospital on June 12, 2023. This phase will see 10 beds move to the expanded Integrated Stroke/Telemetry Unit at the Stratford General Hospital to allow for patient room construction to occur in a safe manner. It is expected this phase will take approximately eight months to complete.

“We will transfer the patients affected by the construction to our Stratford General Hospital site at the end of May,” says Andrew Williams, President & CEO. “Patients that are moved, or subsequently admitted, will be cared for by members of our St. Marys Memorial Hospital nursing and PSW team, so we will have no interruption in employment during construction.”

Physician care for patients moved to the Stratford General Hospital site will be provided by the Hospitalist team.

“For those unfamiliar with the term, a Hospitalist is a doctor who provides care for patients at a hospital. They have the same education and training as your primary care and/or internal medicine doctor, but specialize in providing hospital care,” adds Williams.

There will be no impact to the operation of the Emergency Department and all other healthcare services will continue to operate as usual throughout the duration of the construction. Parking at the hospital may be impacted slightly, with the loss of a handful of spots.

The second phase of the project is scheduled for early 2024 and focuses on the West Wing of the hospital.

The total cost of this rebuild is over $7.6 million with the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation already contributing $2 million. The Foundation has a current goal to raise $3 million through the Here for You Today, Building for Tomorrow campaign, which will bring their total contribution to $5 million.

“The St.Marys Healthcare Foundation would like to thank this very generous community for the donations to this campaign,” says Cindy Bilyea, Foundation Chair. “We would also like to thank the HPHA for their commitment and leadership to this project. Continued exceptional healthcare for our patients will be secured for future generations with investments like this.”
Those interested in contributing to the campaign can contact the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation at 519-284-1332 ext. 3450 or info@stmaryshealthcare.foundation.

Donations may also be made via the Foundation’s website or cheques can be mailed to Box 940 St. Marys, ON N4X 1B6.

Concept drawings (Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson) for the new patient rooms at St. Marys Memorial Hospital  

Concept drawings (Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson) for the new patient rooms at St. Marys Memorial Hospital