Increased capacity is on its way to the medicine, surgery and continuing care units of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre.
On Monday, the Northern Lights Health Foundation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil six new non-acute care units consisting of 10 beds on the second floor of the hospital.
Senior Operating Officer for the Health Centre Murray Crawford says this is an opportunity to improve healthcare in the region.
“So thankful for agencies like Suncor Energy Foundation. The support that is in this community through industry and from average citizens in the public has just been great and their support of this hospital.”
With continuing care reaching full capacity, this frees up 10 beds that are currently occupied by patients on the fourth floor.
The Health Foundation says when these patients move from acute care beds on the third-floor medicine unit it creates additional capacity for medical and surgical patients.
Crawford notes these new rooms will initially be used by long-term care residents who await completion of the Willow Square project.
“We’re going to take the ten residents currently on medicine, which is not a place you want to be for a long time and we’ll move them down here where they’ll have more of a resident feel. So they’ll feel more at home and can decorate it the way they want.”
The expansion also allows staff additional room to deliver the appropriate care based on patient’s medical needs.
NLHF adds it will go a long way to improving patient experience for years to come.