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Hospital refurbishments improve patient experience at DECRH

(HORIZON) March 3, 2014 - Refurbishments and improvements to ensure a healthy physical environment for patients, their families and staff at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (DECRH) are currently underway throughout the facility.

Horizon's Refurbishment and Sustainability Plan started in November, 2013 and is focusing on patient care units, public corridors, and the area from the main entrance to elevator lobby area. 

Sourced from Horizon's contingency fund and operating budget, to date, $2.5 million has been strategically invested on the DECRH's refurbishment.

The project began with work on the Orthopedics Unit (4NE), where all 19 patient rooms in the 37-bed unit were repainted with new sinks, toilets and floors in the washrooms installed. Similar work is ongoing in the General Surgery unit.

The 28-bed Transitional Care Unit on the fourth floor is undergoing more extensive improvements, including wall protection, handrails and bumpers, painting and new flooring. Washroom upgrades include new sinks and toilets. Upgrades on ceilings, casework, and doors as well as public corridors and nurses station areas will also take place.

President and Chief Executive Officer, John McGarry, who led members of the media on a tour of the unit today, said the work underscores Horizon's commitment to improving the environment and putting patients first.

"Our facilities convey an important message to patients, visitors, volunteers and staff," he said.  "We want to communicate the fact that our facilities are welcoming, and that they demonstrate compassion and a commitment to patient well-being and safety."

Future work this month includes 3NW, where six tub and shower rooms will be upgraded.  All units to be refurbished will also see new cubicle curtains, window blinds, patient room chairs, bedside tables and over-bed tables installed.

The area from the main entrance to the elevator will also be redesigned to allow for easier patient and visitor flow.  This includes the vestibule area, new signage, the specimen collection waiting area and the information desk.

Although most of the major work on the facility will be completed this spring, continuous refurbishment with an emphasis towards sustainability will continue.

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For more information contact:
Carolyn McCormack, APR
Media Relations
1-877-499-1899
Media@HorizonNB.ca

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President and Chief Executive Officer John McGarry (left) discusses the renovations to the Transitional Care Unit with Blaine Lynch, Regional Director, Capital Infrastructure and Physical Resources, during the media tour at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital.


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Blaine Lynch, Regional Director, Capital Infrastructure and Physical Resources, displays some of the new cabinets as part of the refurbishment and sustainability plan at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital.



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