When your need is critical
Think of the difference a transformed Emergency Department will make to Manitobans.
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This article was published 29/10/2022 (224 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Andrea Budnick has been a nurse on the Specialty Resource Team in St. Boniface Hospital’s Emergency Department for the last three years.
“I’m proud to work at St. Boniface, and of the care my colleagues and I provide, but if you’ve ever been to our Emergency Department, you know that there are limitations with the current space,” she said.
There is hope on the horizon, however.
Community donors are at the heart of a major redevelopment and expansion project that is underway. It will transform the Emergency Department into a care setting where design and location maximize efficiency, leading to better and more timely care.
The Emergency Department sees about 47,000 emergency patient visits each year, or around 130 patients per day, and the numbers are growing.
The redeveloped and expanded department’s new space will open in 2025. By then, the Emergency Department will be more than three times its current size.
“For people whose family member is dying, or after someone has passed away, we’re often putting them into any quieter area we can find, or into one of the mental health rooms. Whatever our patients are dealing with, the peace and security of a private room will improve our ability to provide compassionate care,” said Budnick.
The Hospital is adding a large end-of-life treatment room to the department, to allow family and loved ones to gather, as well as a separate bereavement room, offering a private space to make decisions or say goodbye.
These are examples of how community donors will enhance emergency care for Manitobans. Think of the difference a quiet, private room will make to those experiencing difficult times.
Meanwhile, something as simple as a door that closes will make a big difference to those experiencing difficult times.
“Believe it or not, we only have about five doors that close in the entire department,” Budnick said. “But that number is about to rise to more than 40. In the new Emergency Department, we will have new individual standard exam rooms outfitted with sliding glass doors to offer privacy.”
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This article is produced by the Advertising Department of the Winnipeg Free Press, in collaboration with St. Boniface Hospital Foundation