Press Release - Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) has
received funding from the Central Local Health Integration Network
(LHIN) to support the creation of a Level 2 ICU.
In 2017, a proposal was submitted to the Central LHIN and
Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO) regarding the need for ICU beds
at SMH to meet the current and future patient needs.
Four Level 2 ICU beds will be available for patient care within the
Minor construction will need to take place in order to accommodate the
new equipment and to facilitate a proper ICU. These beds will not be in
addition to the current bed complement but will be repurposed as
existing beds with additional resources that will be used for any
patient in need.
"Having these Level 2 ICU beds available will enhance the high quality
care that our patients already receive at SMH," said Dr. Barry
Nathanson, Chief of Staff, SMH. "This opportunity will allow us to keep
and manage locally some of the patients whom we have traditionally had
to send to other facilities. It will extend our capabilities in caring
for patients with more complex needs, including support for a patient
with a single failed organ system, advanced levels of breathing support
or post-operative care needs."
Project planning is currently underway including a staffing model,
training and a timeline for implementation. The Level 2 ICU could be
complete by the end of this year.
"This critical care funding is important to address the growing
clinical needs in this community, said Jody Levac, President & CEO,
SMH. "Small and medium hospitals play essential roles in overall
healthcare service delivery. Providing this type of care, closer to
home will alleviate the travel and stress faced by families in crisis.
Patients who need critical care have a serious or life threatening
injury. With careful planning and implementation of these Level 2 ICU
beds, we are setting a new standard for community hospital care."
SMH is currently in the planning stages and awaiting approval for a
future redevelopment, including a new and revitalized Emergency
Department, operating facilities, refreshed outpatient clinics and new
Laboratory, doubling the square footage of the hospital and tripling
the amount of parking spaces available. In support of this, along with
SMH's annual priority capital needs, the Stevenson Memorial Hospital
Foundation is preparing to launch the Because of You, We Can Campaign
this fall. The $1 million in funding to support ICU beds will enhance
our current services and help position us towards a five-bed ICU
planned in the redevelopment.