Patient-Facing Renovations Underway as Part of Multi-Million Dollar Project
SARNIA & PETROLIA – July 5, 2021 – Bluewater Health is pleased to announce an exciting next step in an overall infrastructure improvement at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital of Bluewater Health: newly renovated patient rooms.
Since securing $7.5M in infrastructure funding from the Ministry of Health in 2017, Bluewater Health has invested an additional $5.8M into infrastructural upgrades at our Petrolia hospital, including boiler plant and electrical upgrades. This week, patients and staff at the Petrolia hospital are celebrating the completion of two beautifully renovated acute care rooms, the first in a series of patient rooms. These spacious and bright new acute care rooms are an early priority of the 25-year Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Redevelopment Project Plan.
Previously, the acute care rooms at the Petrolia hospital were semi-private and bathrooms were shared, did not include a shower, and did not meet modern accessibility standards. The newly renovated acute care rooms are private and have been modernized to offer a bright, fresh, and intimate patient experience. Renovations also include much-needed spacious and private bathrooms; updated with a shower to meet patient care and accessibility needs, including walker/wheelchair access.
“The newly renovated acute care rooms bring the rooms up to current day standards, improve patient privacy and access, as well as the overall patient experience” says Dr. Charles Winegard, Medical Director, Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital of Bluewater Health. “We are excited to see the beautiful results of infrastructure investments to our Petrolia hospital; updates our staff and patients can see and experience themselves.”
The remaining acute care rooms will be renovated in two-room blocks to avoid delays in patient care.
When all renovations are completed, the acute medicine unit at the Petrolia hospital will offer modern patient rooms, including fully private rooms/bathrooms – one of which will be a dedicated palliative room – and one ward room.
These new renovations mark the beginning of a successful and viable Petrolia hospital for many years to come.
Stage 2 work of the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Redevelopment Project has also begun; which includes reorganizing of hospital services (departments) and moving services more centrally into renovated spaces. More details will be shared as planning and construction progresses.
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