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S T R A T I O N
Master program, plan to be
developed for Eastern Health’s hospital-based
St. John’s services
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An intensive year-long
planning effort will begin in April 2009 when Eastern Health starts work
on a master program and master plan for its acute care facilities in St.
An intensive year-long planning effort
will begin in April 2009 when Eastern Health starts work on a master
program and master plan for its acute care facilities in St. John’s.
Serious challenges in providing care (such
as inadequate and inappropriate space, infection control issues and lack
of privacy and teaching space) exist at St. John’s acute care hospitals
(St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, the Waterford Hospital, the L.A. Miller
Centre and the General Hospital at the Health Sciences Centre). These
issues, as well as challenges in providing the most current standard of
care, are prompting the redevelopment effort. The Cancer Care program at
the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre and the Women’s and Children’s Health
Program at the Janeway will also be involved in this planning as they
are located at the Health Sciences site.
Funding has been committed from the
provincial government to support the planning phase.
Over the next 12 months the leadership
teams, physicians and staff at the four sites will be encouraged to be
involved and informed. A number of clinical services teams will be
established to work with the consultant team. The consultants will
examine population trends and collect information for workload
forecasting in addition to assessing the buildings and determining
whether they can continue to be used to provide health care. A close
link with Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine and other health
professional programs will be necessary as the planning moves forward.
The outcome of the planning process will
be a master program and a master plan that looks to the future (2025).
The master program will describe the secondary and tertiary health
services that are required to be offered in St. John’s, the resources
that will be needed to provide these services, and the location and
adjacencies required for the most efficient delivery of the services.
The master plan will provide a high-level depiction of the physical
space that is best suited to deliver the care and service that will be
required. Several options will be presented and assessed.
Eastern Health realizes that many urgent
and immediate issues and renovations to space will be needed and some
will be taking place as this planning occurs. The master plan will
address long-term issues. However, short and medium-term strategies will
also be described.
Once the master program and plan are
completed and submitted to government, Eastern Health will move to the
next step of requesting funding for design.
Information related to the redevelopment
is available on the Eastern Health