Portage la Prairie excited for new hospital

New, modern facility to be finished by 2025

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A new hospital in Portage la Prairie, which should be completed by 2025, will reduce the number of medical trips local residents need to take outside the region, officials said when making the announcement at the end of last month.
The new hospital will offer more inpatient beds, expanded medicine and surgical capacity, and an improved emergency department. The $283-million, two-storey hospital will be at least double the size of the existing Portage General Hospital and is expected to include a minimum of 90 acute care inpatient beds; increased day surgery capacity; an expanded emergency department designed to best practice standards that include treatment and assessment rooms, a trauma room, stretcher bay and an ambulance bay; and enhanced space for a number of programs including diagnostics, dialysis, palliative care and various outpatient services which include lab and rehabilitation.
“The new Portage District General Hospital will be bigger and better, providing the community and the region with a modern facility and access to many services that previously may have required multiple trips to Winnipeg or Brandon,” said  Dale Lyle, chairman of the Portage Hospital Foundation.
“(This) announcement will support the delivery of health-care services closer to home for patients in a rapidly growing area of our province.”
“In addition to expanding clinical opportunities, this new modern facility will further enhance patient care, confidentiality and comfort for people in this region, and provide a better working environment,”added Jane Curtis, CEO of Southern Health–Santé Sud.
A Shared Health spokesperson said the current Portage District General Hospital is 65 years old and has seen several additions and renovations. During that time both building design guidelines and clinical best practice standards have improved significantly.
 “While planning is still ongoing for the hospital, the emergency department will be built to reflect those standards, which include a larger space, more treatment rooms and better sightlines between staff and patients – all of which serve to improve patient flow,” the spokesperson said.
“The new emergency department will also provide enhanced patient privacy and take best practice measures recommended by infection prevention and control experts into account.”
 The spokesperson said planning is still ongoing between provincial officials and clinical and system leaders and will be based on current and projected needs. Those plans will also be informed by Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan.
“The plan uses resources in more innovative and modernized ways, using a network of hubs that are staffed and equipped to meet the needs of Manitoba patients,” the spokesperson said.

Canstar file photo A new, $283-million, two-storey hospital is set to replace the 65-year-old Portage District Hospital.
Tony Zerucha

Tony Zerucha
East Kildonan community correspondent

Tony Zerucha is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email him at tzerucha@gmail.com

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