March 6, 2007

Health Sciences Centre Set to Open New Adult Emergency Department

Spacious Facility Offers Comfort, Privacy and Improved Patient Flow

On Wednesday, March 7, 2007, the new, 19,000 square foot Adult Emergency Department (ED) will open its doors at the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg - Manitoba's Trauma Centre. The new Emergency Department is the first adult patient service department to open in the new Ann Thomas building.

"This state-of-the-art facility will ensure that we are providing our citizens with the best possible emergency care," said Health Minister Theresa Oswald. "It signifies our government's ongoing commitment to improve our healthcare system through capital and human resource investments."

The new Adult Emergency Department features:

  • 2 triage areas, with an additional triage station for ambulance patients
  • 4 bed capacity resuscitation area
  • 22 stretcher cubicles including 3 cubicles with glass doors and special airflow configuration and 1 isolation room with anteroom and negative pressure airflow
  • 2 suture/procedure rooms
  • 1 cast room
  • 1 EENT (ear, eyes, nose and throat) room
  • 1 decontamination room
  • 2 mental health interview rooms
  • 6 observation cubicles
  • 6 minor treatment spaces
  • a dedicated 9 vehicle ambulance garage

The new ED will also feature more comfortable, private surroundings for patients and their families, with larger exam and treatment cubicles, a larger waiting room, and walls between patient cubicles.  As well, this new unit incorporates new state-of-the art design and systems to enhance infection control and safety for both patients and staff.

 "These larger, more modern facilities will help our dedicated team of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals to better meet the varying needs of our patients," said Dr. Brock Wright, Chief Operating Officer of the Health Sciences Centre. "This is a facility that all Manitobans can be proud of".

"The Health Sciences Centre Emergency Department receives more than 45,000 patient visits a year," said Dr. Brian Postl, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. "These improvements are essential to the provision of quality, comprehensive patient care."

The new Emergency Department will utilize a new, sophisticated Emergency Department Information System (EDIS), which will automate such functions as triage, patient tracking, orders, results, documentation and discharge. Fast, easy access to clinical information will improve patient flow through the Emergency Department and provide beneficial reports about Emergency Department activity.

The opening of the Adult Emergency Department is part of the province's $135 million redevelopment of critical services at Health Sciences Centre.

For more information contact:

Michele Augert
Health Sciences Centre
(204) 787-7934
(204) 795-0532

Heidi Graham
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
(204) 926-7178
(204) 223-9089

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