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The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the provincial government unveiled a major shakeup for the city’s nine hospitals and health centres.
The most significant change is reducing the number of hospitals with emergency room services from six to three. The following is a breakdown of what services the nine facilities provide and the upcoming changes.
Health Sciences Centre
Services provided: 24/7 emergency, critical care, surgery, medicine, mental health, specialty rehabilitation, child health and women’s health.
What’s changing: Increase in mental health and surgical capacity; increase in surgical beds.
HSC is Manitoba’s largest health centre.
St. Boniface General Hospital
Services provided: 24/7 emergency, critical care, cardiac health, surgery, medicine, mental health, child health, women’s health and palliative care.
What’s changing: increased mental health capacity, increase in medical beds.
St. Boniface Hospital was first established by the Grey Nuns in 1871, the year after Manitoba joined Confederation.
Grace General Hospital
Services provided: 24/7 emergency, critical care, surgery, medicine, palliative care.
What’s changing: role as teaching hospital expanded, increased surgical capacity, increase in medical and surgical beds, increased access to specialist and after-hours diagnostic imaging.
It is currently a 251-bed facility located in west Winnipeg.
Seven Oaks Hospital
Services provided: 24/7 urgent care, out-patient renal services, elective endoscopy expansion, complex continuing care, elder rehabilitation and transitional care.
What’s changing: 24/7 emergency care converted to urgent care; focus on rehab and care for the elderly.
Seven Oaks is Winnipeg’s newest hospital, opening in 1981.
Services provided: 24/7 urgent care, day surgeries, in-patient mental health, complex continuing care, general rehabilitation, dementia care.
What’s changing: 24/7 emergency care converted to urgent care, expanded day surgery services, increase in mental health beds, focus on elder friendly care including complex dementia care.
Victoria General Hospital is a 195-acute care facility that has served south Winnipeg for over a century.
Services provided: Orthopedic surgery, complex and continuing care, elder transitional care, rehabilitation.
What’s changing: 24/7 emergency department will be converted for other use, rehab services expanded, will focus on transitional care for the elderly.
Concordia Hospital was started in 1928 by a group of Mennonites who had immigrated to Canada from Russia.
Misericordia Health Centre
Services provided: eye surgery and treatment, long-term personal care, interim care, respite care, intravenous therapy clinic, sleep disorder centre.
What’s changing: It will no longer offer 24/7 urgent care; that space will be used for intravenous therapy.
Misericordia Health Centre has been providing care to the region since 1868.
Deer Lodge Centre
Services provided: Geriatric rehabilitation, general chronic care and long-term personal care.
What’s changing: It will be given enhanced capacity to deal with special needs including dementia care, as well as added capacity for geriatric rehabilitation.
It is a 429-bed facility. It started as a convalescent hospital for returning First World War veterans in 1916.
Riverview Health Centre
Services provided: Long-term personal care, dementia care, respite services, respiratory chronic care centre, specialty rehabilitation (acquired brain injury, stroke) and palliative care.
What’s changing: It will get an expanded Alzheimer’s program and additional long-term care beds.
The centre first opened in 1911 as the Winnipeg Municipal Hospital. It was considered at the time to be one of the most modern facilities caring for people with typhoid fever, diphtheria, small pox and tuberculosis.
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Updated on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:34 AM CDT: Photo added, formatted.