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04/04/2011 Province Funds Renovations to Eriksdale Hospital
Upgrades worth $1 million have recently been completed at the 13-bed E. M. Crowe Memorial Hospital in Eriksdale, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.
“As a result of these renovations, residents of Eriksdale and surrounding areas now have access to improved health-care services in a modernized facility,” said Oswald. “The upgrades are part of a long-term strategy to ensure rural hospitals continue to provide the best in patient care.”
The renovations consisted of:
  • redesigning the admitting, reception and main entrance areas;
  • relocating the nursing station;
  • upgrading the emergency entrance;
  • renovating a tub and shower room;
  • and upgrading the medical gas system.
“This investment has made a considerable difference by bringing the hospital up to present day standards,” said Randy Lock, CEO of the Interlake Regional Health Authority (IRHA).  “It is more  functional and much more efficient with significant improvements to patient safety and patient confidentiality.”
The renovations to the main entrance, reception, admitting and nursing station areas have improved site lines for patient observation and management, as well as security.  Maximizing visibility has also made navigation easier for patients and visitors to move around the facility.  Access has been improved with the development of a barrier-free nursing station, shower room and washroom.
“Other recent provincial investments in health care for Eriksdale include a contribution of $720,000 to equip, furnish and operate the health-services section of the Eriksdale wellness centre, which includes a cancer-care program and IRHA community services,” said Tom Nevakshanoff, MLA for the Interlake, who attended the event on behalf of Oswald.  
The centre officially opened last June and houses the Eriksdale Cancer Resource and Support Centre, which is a new service model that provides support to area cancer patients and their families.  A mobile ultrasound program was introduced to the Eriksdale hospital in 2008, bringing a much-needed diagnostic service to the Interlake region, the minister said.  The province funded the equipment cost of $221,000 as well as annual operating costs.
The E. M. Crowe Memorial Hospital commemorates Elizabeth Mary Crowe for her extensive community and philanthropic work including her involvement with the Victorian Order of Nurses.  The hospital originally opened in 1926.  However, the current structure was built in 1962.
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