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BRHC Redevelopment to Include 12 New Beds

BRHC Redevelopment to Include 12 New Medical In-patient Single Rooms

Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) and Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, are moving forward with the Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC) redevelopment project.

The redevelopment will include the renovation of 46,500 square feet of space at the facility and create 12 new medical in-patient single rooms with washrooms, along with expanded and improved areas for storage, staff work and family support.  This will bring the total number of beds in the unit to 60.

"The redevelopment project reinforces our strategic directions around health system sustainability and improving access so our health-care professionals can provide the right care in the right place at the right time," said Penny Gilson, Chief Executive Officer, of Prairie Mountain Health.  "We continue to look at ways to provide more integrated, co-ordinated and high-quality care within our health-care sites and our programs and services across the continuum of care."

 The medical unit is for the complex care of patients with acute cardiac, respiratory, neurological, renal and gastrointestinal disorders.  Other patients served in the medical unit include oncology patients, those exhibiting symptoms of confusion or other physiological needs, and patients requiring alcohol or drug detoxification.

"Built in 1961, the patient wards of the facility formerly known as the Brandon General Hospital have essentially remained unchanged and are outdated," said Brian Schoonbaert, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Regional Health Centre.  "This update is needed to help improve patient care and comfort, and in response to increased demand for in-patient stays."

The existing six-bed pediatric unit will be relocated to the second floor to accommodate the medical bed expansion on the fourth and fifth floors.  Construction will be completed in stages so there is limited disruption and bed closures will be planned and scheduled to ensure ongoing access to beds while accommodating the work.

Health Minister Sharon Blady says patients at the BRHC will receive even better front-line services thanks to the redevelopment and renovations.

"We are always looking to improve the comfort of care for patients when they are staying at a medical facility," said Minister Blady.  "These improvements will mean that patients can receive the
high-quality care they need even more efficiently and effectively."

 A tender for the project is expected to be released later this fall with construction scheduled to begin in the new year.