The Government of Quebec has added Phase 1 of the Emergency and Expansion Project for the Emergency and Care Units at Pierre Boucher Hospital in Longueuil to the Plan québécois infrastructure (PQI), listing it as a “project under study.”

“This part of the project aims to modernize the hospital’s service offering in a sustainable manner and improve accessibility, especially on the front line,” said Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services.

Phase 1 of the project will consist of an expansion of approximately 15,030 square meters and a redevelopment of approximately 4,885 square meters, and will increase the number of hospital beds from 363 to 415. The overall cost of Phase 1 of the project is currently valued at approximately $169 million.

“This modernization project represents a major gain for Montérégie, where demand for health services is growing significantly, due to various demographic factors,” said Lucie Charlebois , Minister Responsible for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health, and Healthy Lifestyles.

This work will give the hospital a new emergency capacity of 40 stretchers, as compared to the currently capacity of 35. The mental health care will be reorganized and improved: it will be in the same sector the outpatient clinics in psychiatry, and increase from six beds to 10 beds for short intervention in psychiatry, and a total of 37 mental health beds, up from 30. In addition, the short hospitalization unit of 18 beds will be set up in the new spaces that will be built.

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