For Immediate Release:
March 23, 2009
(LONDON, ON) – London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (SJHC) are now well into the next phase of redevelopment as part the overall restructuring of London hospitals. A tentative schedule for construction and move dates is in place and with the exterior of the new North Tower at Victoria Hospital completed, work is underway to finish the interior along with renovations to existing areas at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
This second phase of restructuring known as Milestone 2 will mark multiple program moves including the consolidation of the Ivey Eye Institute to St. Joseph’s Hospital and move the Perinatal/Neonatal Intensive Care program from St. Joseph’s Hospital to the new North Tower at Victoria Hospital.
"Milestone 2, Phase 2 means we will have realigned and consolidated most of the clinical and support services between the two organizations so that each hospital will have a defined and distinct role – reducing duplication of work and improving the overall patient care environment,” said Cliff Nordal, President and CEO of LHSC and SJHC.
The completion of the North Tower at LHSC and renovations at SJHC began in July 2008 and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2011 with 28 phases overall.
"The construction of the North Tower and renovations to existing areas has given us the opportunity to look at further improving our overall infrastructure and technology and work flow for both organizations,” said David Crockett, integrated vice president of LHSC and SJHC.
The 10 storey North Tower at Victoria Hospital will soon be the new home for the following programs:
|1st floor||Paediatric clinics, offices, pharmacy and clinic labs|
|2nd floor||Nuclear medicine imaging, endoscopy, medical day unit, education centre and women’s program offices|
|3rd floor||Ear Nose and Throat clinic and offices and cafeteria|
|4th floor||Birthing centre and Neonatal Intensive Care unit|
|5th floor||Women’s ambulatory care and medical genetics clinic|
|6th floor||Children’s hospital inpatient unit|
|7th floor||Adult mental health unit|
|8th floor||Child/adolescent mental health unit and mental health offices|
|9th floor||Adult medical/surgical inpatient unit|
|10th floor||Clinical laboratories|
In addition to the construction of the North Tower, M2P2 includes 106,000 sq. ft. of renovated space at St. Joseph’s Hospital including space for the Ivey Eye Institute, Ears, Nose, Throat (ENT) clinic, Ambulatory Gynaecology, Endoscopy, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Respiratory Therapy as well as a renovated kitchen and cafeteria and finance services office space.
The redevelopment of both organizations is the largest construction project in London at the present time. With the construction of the North Tower and renovations of existing infrastructure, there are an estimated 425 construction workers spread across both organizations on any given day. The total cost of this second phase of construction is estimated at over $340M for both organizations.
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For more information contact:
Communications Consultant – Restructuring
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
London Health Sciences Centre
519-646-6000, ext. 64646
Call LHSC Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call