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Monday, June 20, 2011

Minister officially opens new mother child units at St. Boniface Hospital

$2 Million renovations and expansion of women's health services

Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald today officially opened the newly renovated maternity units at St. Boniface Hospital, part of a $2 million project to renovate and expand maternity and gynaecology services at St. Boniface Hospital.

"Women and families have spoken clearly about their wishes to have appropriate space while going through the challenges and joys of childbirth, and we believe these renovations go a long way to meeting these needs," Minister Oswald said.

The first two phases of renovations to St. Boniface Hospital's mother child units include:

  • Increase in the number of postpartum (after birth) maternity beds from 27 to 30
  • Increase in the number of postpartum private maternity rooms from 3 to 23; and
  • Phase three, currently underway, includes the relocation of the gynaecological in-patient unit, and development of 5 additional private rooms which will also benefit women and their families.

The new Mother Child units at St. Boniface Hospital began accepting patients during the second week of June.

 "Obstetrical volumes in Winnipeg have increased significantly over the past five years and are projected to continue to increase," Lori Lamont, WRHA Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer said. "These new spaces along with the new birth centre and beds at HSC allow us to more fully meet this demand and do so in a manner that respects choice and privacy for women and their families."

"Women have been telling us that our birthing spaces were in great need of modernization for several years," Dr. Michel Tétreault, President and CEO, St. Boniface Hospital, said. "Private rooms are a welcome service for women, and will allow more space for family support during the woman's stay in hospital. We are grateful to the Province of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Health Region for their support of the women and child health programs at St. Boniface Hospital."

The new expanded maternity ward at St. Boniface complements other important birthing and women's health projects in Winnipeg, including a new birth centre in South Winnipeg expected to open this summer and a new Women's Hospital at Health Sciences Centre for which construction is anticipated to start shortly.

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