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March 30, 2007

Adult Operating Rooms and Intensive Care Units Move Into New Home at Health Sciences Centre

The last of the adult critical care programs including the operating rooms and intensive care units are completing their move into the new Ann Thomas Building at Health Sciences Centre.

Adult Operating Rooms (including a Trauma OR adjacent to the recently opened adult emergency department), Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), Coronary Care Unit (CCU) and Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) are included in this latest move.

"These new units are specifically designed to take into account what a visit to a critical care unit is like for both the patient and family," Health Minister Theresa Oswald said. "There's improved patient privacy, and larger, more comfortable family areas. It really is a patient-centered design."

The design of the new ICUs and operating rooms also allows for easier and more private transport of patients throughout the hospital. With larger patient care spaces and heightened isolation capabilities, patient safety, comfort and infection control are enhanced within these units.

The Adult Surgery program now occupies 23,800 square feet of surgical suites, next to the 1700 square foot pre-op area and 17 patient-cubicle Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Thirteen state-of-the-art operating rooms, including two specially outfitted neuro-surgical suites, will be located on the second floor of the building. A dedicated trauma operating room is located adjacent to the new Adult Emergency department on the main floor. The new 9,200 square foot Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is located next to the operating suites and includes 10 patient cubicles. Of these, two are dual protection isolation rooms (negative pressure patient room with positive pressure anteroom) to provide greater infection control and patient safety measures.

The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is adjacent to the new adult Coronary Care Unit (CCU) on the third floor of the new building. Together, these sister units occupy a total area of 19,000 square feet. These two units contain 20 patient cubicles, including six isolation rooms with protective air flow features. MICU and CCU also feature improved natural lighting with extensive windows and a large skylight.

"We are very pleased with how smoothly the transition into the Ann Thomas Building has gone," said Dr. Brian Postl, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. "We are proud of all the staff who participated in what was not a small event in either its planning or execution. Congratulations on a job well-done."

"After many years of careful planning and preparation by our staff, we are very pleased to see the successful relocation of these programs into this first-class facility that matches the skill and expertise of our caregivers," Dr. Brock Wright, Chief Operating Officer of Health Sciences Centre said. "The new Ann Thomas Building has significantly changed the face of Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg and will greatly enhance our ability to serve as the major acute care and Trauma Centre for Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Nunavut.

The relocation of these departments is part of the province's $135 million redevelopment of critical services at Health Sciences Centre.

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