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Second Operating Room for Hants Community Hospital
Renovating an unused operating room at the Hants Community Hospital in Windsor will mean 800 more surgeries at the hospital each year, nearly doubling the annual number of procedures.
Premier Stephen McNeil and Janet Knox, Nova Scotia Health Authority president and CEO, unveiled plans to revitalize a second operating room at the hospital today, March 16.
This is part of the QEll Redevelopment Project which will see services transferred from the QEll Health Sciences Centre to support the eventual closure of the Victoria and Centennial buildings at the VG site.
"We have been given a privilege not every generation is given - the opportunity to reshape our health-care system and change the way we deliver care," said Premier McNeil. "The QEII redevelopment project is about co-ordinating care and improving access for all Nova Scotians. Hants Community Hospital is an important part of that."
Right now, the Hants Community Hospital has one functional operating room. A second operating room, dating back to when the hospital was originally built in 1976, will be renovated and prepared for use.
"This is a facility that my colleagues, and our community, are really proud of, and we often hear from our patients about the exceptional care they receive from the staff, doctors and volunteers who work here," said Sherri Parker, senior director, Hants Community Hospital. "We are very pleased that, as a result of this work, twice as many people will be able to have surgery here."
The project is expected to cost about $3.8 million.
"The Hants Community Hospital Foundation wholeheartedly supports this project which will provide important operating capacity to both the Windsor and West Hants areas, as well as to the entire province," said Andy Kirk, chair, Hants Community Hospital Foundation. "With the support of local businesses and citizens we look forward to fundraising to support this important project."
Construction is expected to begin in August and be completed over a three-month period. Surgeries that would normally be done at the hospital during that time will be performed at other facilities in the province.
"The expansion of services here at Hants Community Hospital demonstrates the work we do as a provincial health authority - working toward shorter wait times and providing opportunity for less-complex care services closer to home," said Ms. Knox.
First Construction Tender Issued for Expansion of Dartmouth General Hospital
The first tender for construction services at the Dartmouth General Hospital was issued today, March 14. This expansion and renovation is part of the QEII redevelopment project.
The tender is for site services, excavation, underground services, foundations and structural concrete for the new addition and a new emergency generator building. It also includes renovation of the loading dock area, elevators for the new addition and relocation of the bulk oxygen storage tanks.
The expansion and renovations at the Dartmouth General will result in space for 48 beds on the fifth floor plus eight new operating rooms to replace four existing operating rooms and extensive upgrades to outpatient and diagnostic imaging areas. This is in addition to work already underway on the third and fourth floors.
The deadline for submissions is April 13. Details of the tender are available at http://novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspx. Additional tenders for construction services are expected to be released later this year.
This construction is expected to begin in May but work is already taking place in preparation for the expansion and renovation project. Ongoing work can be viewed online with this video.
The cost estimate for the entire Dartmouth General Hospital project remains between $132 million and $138 million.
The QEII redevelopment includes projects at the Halifax Infirmary, Dartmouth General Hospital, Hants Community Hospital and other sites that will support the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax.
Progress Continues for Halifax Infirmary and Hants Community Hospital
The province continues to move forward with planned renovations to the Halifax Infirmary building of the QEII Health Sciences Centre and updates to the operating room at the Hants Community Hospital.
A request for proposals for project management services for the planned renovations at the two hospitals was issued today, March 2. The projects are part of the QEII redevelopment project.
The services required include coordinating and managing the Halifax Infirmary and Hants Community Hospital from design to building to completion.
The Halifax Infirmary includes renovations to the third floor to allow the relocation of two interventional suites from the fifth floor. The fifth floor will then be renovated to include two new operating rooms. One of the rooms will be a hybrid that will allow the use of advanced diagnostic imaging equipment during the most complex procedures.
The Hants Community Hospital renovations include upgrading a currently inactive operating room.
The deadline for submissions is March 30. Details of the request for proposals are available at
Advisory Services Sought for the QEII Redevelopment Project
Government is considering its options for the design, construction, finance and infrastructure maintenance of the QEII redevelopment project, including province-led and private sector-led approaches.
A request for supplier qualifications for public-private partnership (P3) advisory services was issued today, Jan. 25.
"We have said all along we will consider all delivery options to see what's best financially and operationally," said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan.
"We are committed to moving this project forward. While no decisions have been made to use the public-private partnership approach, it's our responsibility to look at all reasonable funding and delivery options."
The advisory services will assess the P3 delivery services option through a business case analysis and recommend an approach that is in the best interest of Nova Scotians.
The deadline for submissions is Feb. 28. Details of the request for proposals are available at
Design Starting for Hants Community Hospital Upgrades
As part of the QEII redevelopment project, design work will begin in 2017 to revitalize an unused operating room at the Hants Community Hospital in Windsor.
Construction is expected to begin in the summer or fall of 2017 and the new operating room is expected to open by the spring of 2018.
"Performing more surgeries outside the downtown core of Halifax is part of our overall plan to connect more Nova Scotians with the health care they need," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine.
Currently, the Hants Community Hospital has one functional operating room. A second operating room, built when the hospital was originally constructed in 1976, will be prepared for use. The project is expected to cost about $3.8 million.
The QEII redevelopment project includes the expansion of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, along with projects at Dartmouth General Hospital, Hants Community Hospital and other sites that will allow the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax.
QEII Redevelopment, Halifax Infirmary Renovations Moving Forward
The province continues to move forward with the QEII redevelopment project with plans to increase the number of operating rooms and relocate two interventional suites at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre.
A request for proposals for consultant design services was issued today, Dec. 12.
The consultant will provide design for renovations to the third floor of the Halifax Infirmary site to allow the relocation of two interventional suites from the fifth floor. The suites provide health-care services such as treatment for stroke patients. These changes will enhance patient care and improve efficiency.
The fifth-floor space will be renovated to include two new operating rooms. One of the rooms will be a hybrid that will allow the use of advanced diagnostic imaging equipment during the most complex procedures. The renovations are expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.
The successful bidder will work with Kasian Architecture, who was recently awarded the QEII master planning and programming contract.
The deadline for submissions is Jan. 4. Details of the request for proposals are available at
The QEII redevelopment project includes the expansion of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, along with projects at Dartmouth General Hospital, Hants Community Hospital and other sites that will support the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax.
QEII Redevelopment Planning and Programming Begins
One of Canada's top architecture and design firms will begin the detailed planning process needed to determine what the QEII Health Sciences Centre redevelopment project will look like, and where services will be located.
Government awarded a contract today, Nov. 22, for the QEII master planning and programming to Kasian Architecture of Toronto. The project includes planning the expansion and renovations of the Halifax Infirmary site, as well as specialized and community outpatient centres.
"We have to consider medical trends for the next 20 to 30 years, and the way patients, staff and visitors use the QEII facilities to make sure we're creating something that will meet our needs for decades to come," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine.
The company will work with seven Nova Scotia consulting firms on the project, which will take a year. Once the master planning and programming process is complete, detailed design will begin.
"The team will talk to people who work in, use and live near the QEII, and will provide the basis for a final design that will reflect both medical and patient needs," said Janet Knox, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Health Authority. "This critical planning stage will ensure we build a very strong foundation for the future of the services of the QEII and the improved health of Nova Scotians.
"The redevelopment will strengthen the QEII's role as a centre for the evolving nature of care, the research that drives that evolution and the training of those who provide it."
The project team will come back to government with a detailed plan by late 2017.
Located in Halifax, the QEII is the largest health sciences centre in Atlantic Canada. As a leading research facility, it is the specialized care centre in areas such as heart health, cancer care, neurosurgery and organ transplantation. It is also the local community hospital for immediate care and emergency services.
The contract is valued at $1.9 million.
Dartmouth General Hospital Moves Toward Energy Efficient Addition
Government awarded a contract today, Nov. 17, for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for the Dartmouth General Hospital expansion project to MMM Group Limited.
Along with providing high quality services to meet the future health needs of Nova Scotia, government is ensuring new additions to the QEII redevelopment project are energy efficient.
"Incorporating energy-efficient measures in a building's design is one of the better ways to minimize energy use which helps to save costs throughout the life of the building," said Terry Smith-Lamothe, senior architect with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. "We are targeting a LEED gold rating for all new additions in the QEII redevelopment project."
LEED is a widely accepted rating system recognized as the mark of excellence for green buildings in 150 countries. Certification includes an independent review and verification of the building's energy systems to ensure all equipment is properly installed and operating as specified. Benefits include reduced energy use, lower operating costs, better productivity and reduced contractor callbacks.
Hospital staff will receive training to operate equipment efficiently. Monitoring equipment will be used for the first 12 months of operation to detect any deficiencies that may require adjustments and make corrections to ensure equipment runs properly and efficiently over the longer-term. The contract is valued at $257,000.
It is already government practice that new provincial buildings such as schools, hospitals, court and corrections facilities, and office buildings meet a high energy-efficiency standard. Government buildings must meet a minimum LEED silver rating as determined by the Canada Green Building Council.
Expansion at Dartmouth General Hospital Moving Forward
Government awarded the contract today, Oct. 5, for construction management services for the Dartmouth General Hospital expansion and renovation project to PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
The planned expansion and renovations are part of the QEII redevelopment project and include construction of space for 48 beds on the fifth floor, eight operating rooms to replace four existing operating rooms and adding four more, and extensive upgrades to outpatient and diagnostic imaging areas. This is in addition to work already underway on the third and fourth floors.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017.
"The Dartmouth General Hospital expansion project is a key part of modernizing our provincial health system and better connecting Nova Scotians with the care they need," said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan.
"We have asked the project partners to keep us informed and updated on each major element of the QEII redevelopment project. These checks and balances are part of our accountability to Nova Scotians to ensure the overall project and project costs are managed closely."
The cost estimate for the entire Dartmouth General Hospital project remains between $132 million and $138 million, announced earlier this spring.
"This is an exciting step forward as we work to expand services at the Dartmouth General Hospital," said Dr. Todd Howlett, site leader at Dartmouth General Hospital and acting medical executive director for Nova Scotia Health Authority's Central Zone. "When completed, Dartmouth General will play a more significant role in providing care to the community of the greater Halifax area.
"We are excited to be part of the transformation of health care within our province."
Once complete, some patients and surgeries that do not require the specialized care provided by the QEII Health Sciences Centre will be moved to Dartmouth. Some others will be provided through outpatient services.
Request for Proposals for QEII Health Care Services Relocation and Enhancement Plan
The province is taking an important step to ensure plans for the QEII redevelopment are on the right track.
A request for proposals for master planning and programming for all QEII's clinical services was issued Thursday, Aug. 4.
This includes the selection of a multi-disciplinary team to work with government and Nova Scotia Health Authority to develop a facility and functional plan for the Halifax Infirmary expansion and renovation, the enhancement of the Nova Scotia Cancer Care Centre, and the development of new community and specialized outpatient centres.
"The importance of thorough planning cannot be overstated in the case of health-care infrastructure," said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. "This is a large and complex project, and we're bringing in experts to ensure we get it right."
The QEII redevelopment project will better connect Nova Scotians to the care they need. It involves the relocation of many health-care services and the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax.
The team selected for this stage will provide government and the health authority with recommendations on where best to renovate or construct new buildings, as well as advice on the location of health services and the space required. This work will help ensure long-term health-care needs are met with minimal disruption to patient care through the transition.
"The planning we do now will ensure health services are designed to meet the future needs of patients, their families and care teams, and delivered where and how they are needed most," said Janet Knox, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Health Authority."
The deadline for submissions is Aug. 26. Details of the request for proposals are available at
It is expected to take up to a year to develop a plan and program. Once complete, the province will engage a design consultant team to develop architectural designs.
Next Step Begins for Expansion at Dartmouth General Hospital
The province is taking another step to expand and modernize the Dartmouth General Hospital and enhance its role in Nova Scotia's health care system.
A request for proposals for construction management services for the planned expansion and renovations at Dartmouth General Hospital was issued today, July 8.
The services required include advice on the pre-construction planning and scheduling to minimize disruptions to hospital operations.
The planned expansion and renovations involve construction of space for 48 beds on the fifth floor, eight operating rooms (replacing four existing operating rooms and adding four more) and extensive upgrades to areas including pharmacy and diagnostic imaging. Construction is expected to begin in the winter of 2017.
The total renovations and expansion at the Dartmouth General Hospital will cost about $138 million. When complete, some patients and surgeries that do not require the specialized care provided by the QEII Health Sciences Centre will be moved to Dartmouth General.
This is part of the QEII Redevelopment project that will better connect Nova Scotians to the care they need. For updates on the project go to: http://QE2redevelopment.ca.
Dartmouth General Hospital 3rd and 4th Floor Renovations
3rd Floor East Wing Opens
Thirty-five patients have moved into newly-renovated space at Dartmouth General Hospital.
This is the second unit to be renovated and this marks the halfway point in the renovations to Dartmouth General’s third and fourth floors.
These renovations will enhance care for patients by improving infection control procedures and improving washrooms. New team control centres will enhance the collaboration among members of the care team and better ensure the privacy of patient information. The renovations also include preparatory work for the expansion into the fifth floor.
Hospice Halifax Announcement
The Hospice Society of Greater Halifax and Nova Scotia Health Authority have signed an agreement to collaborate on the establishment of a 10-bed residential hospice in Halifax.
The goal is to open the hospice in December, 2017. Hospice Halifax will raise the capital and manage the development of the structure on Francklyn Street in South End Halifax. Current plans propose renovating and joining the two residences on the property (618 and 620 Francklyn St.) to create one 12,750-square foot, 10-bed residential hospice.
Hospice Halifax will launch a capital campaign in the near future to raise the $6 million dollars required for the renovation and development of the hospice residence. You can learn more about the hospice and make a donation by visiting http://hospicehalifax.org/
QEII Redevelopment Launch
Health care needs are evolving and it’s time to change the way we deliver health care. The Centennial and Victoria buildings are aging. Over time, services will be moved elsewhere as we construct a health care system that meets the needs of Nova Scotians for the next 50 years.
Dartmouth General Video
Dartmouth General Hospital will be expanded as part of the QEII redevelopment, with patient beds and operating rooms added to its current capacity. The expansion of a working hospital is a complex process of planning, design and finally construction involving consultation at each step to ensure it meets health care and physical needs into the future.