Representatives of the news media are invited to join representatives of the Niagara Health System, Greater Niagara General Hospital Foundation and invited guests at the official opening ceremony for the new Ambulatory Care Unit at Greater Niagara General Site on:
Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 at 10 a.m.
Inside the new hospital front entrance
Greater Niagara General Site, North Street, Niagara Falls
|10:10 – 10:40 a.m.||Remarks by local dignitaries|
|10:40 a.m.||Photo opportunity of ribbon-cutting ceremony|
|10:45 a.m.||Media tour of new Ambulatory Care Unit immediately following remarks and photos|
|11 a.m.||Refreshments and interview opportunities in Ambulatory Care Unit|
|3 – 7 p.m.||Public Open House with guided tours by staff|
Complimentary parking for the event is available in the Allied Health Centre lot off North Street. Please use the following walk-in entrances – Emergency, North Street temporary main entrance, Allied Health Centre entrances/tunnel.
It was just one year ago in January that the brand new Jeff Morgan Emergency Department opened at Greater Niagara General Site (GNG). The paint was barely dry before construction crews were back at the Niagara Falls hospital to begin converting the old Emergency Department into a new Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU).
The second phase of construction has involved a major conversion of space, some dating back to 1958 when the hospital was built and other sections going back to the early 1970s. Altogether, about 18,500 sq. ft. of hospital space has been renovated from top to bottom, including a 1,000 sq. ft. expansion to the front entrance, new heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical systems, reconfiguration of rooms, moving of walls, new lighting, flooring and installation of a new nurse call system. The new ACU, to be used exclusively for outpatient services, will see about 32,000 patients per year, or up to 225 patients per weekday.
The new ACU, at 17,500 sq. ft., houses a busy day surgery recovery area, pre-admission, ambulatory and medical day-stay clinics, as well as providing a convenient link to endoscopy and other clinic areas. Scheduled outpatient clinics include specialty medical clinics (fracture, ophthalmology, etc), minor procedure clinics and medical day-care. Diabetes education will take place in this area as well.
The ACU is expected to open for patient care at the end of January 2008. Additional details on the ACU are posted on the NHS website atwww.niagarahealth.on.ca.