The Government of Quebec has announced it is committing to further study of the expansion of the Saint-Eustache Hospital.
The proposed project includes an expansion of the emergency area to add to both the bed capacity and waiting area capacity, the introduction of a mental health intervention area, and the construction of a new acute care unit.
“With this vast project to modernize its facilities, the Saint-Eustache Hospital is giving itself the means to better address future health and social services issues, including the ongoing demographic changes and the increase in needs that accompanies them,” said Danielle McCann, Minister of Health and Social Services. “Our government’s support of this project demonstrates that we are attentive to the current reality of the network and listen to the concrete needs of each community.”
The Government of Quebec is committing $2 million to perform a needs assessment of the project, as well as a cost analysis of the project as it is currently proposed. The Quebec Infrastructure Corporation (SQI) has been designated as the project manager.
The Saint-Eustache Hospital currently has 261 short-term beds, none of which are in mental health. Some of these beds, 74, are divided into rooms with three to six beds, and these will all be transferred to single rooms.
Among the benefits that could eventually represent the work envisaged, include:
- functional and technical consolidation of the emergency and care unit sectors;
- significant improvement in infection prevention and control;
- improved accessibility and quality of services for the population;
- and a strengthening of the attraction and retention capacity of staff within the Laurentian Integrated Health and Social Services Center.