Medicine Bed Capacity and the Winter Surge

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Medicine Bed Capacity and the Winter Surge


The snow is falling… which means winter and the anticipated surge in patient volumes is soon approaching.

To further the Region’s commitment to access and patient flow, a team has been working to add additional medicine beds to better meet the needs of our patients year-round and during the winter surge January 1st – March 31st.

What you and your teams need to know:

  • The move of the ALC Unit from 4B to 5D was a success. Thank you to everyone who helped make this transition and move possible. The ALC Unit will be operating on 5D with 24 beds until further notice.
  • The renovation of 4B at the Pasqua Hospital has begun. Demolition is complete with flooring and partitions going in this week. Electrical and mechanical installation will begin in the coming days.
  • Positions for the new medicine unit on 4B were posted and closed this week. There are nine full-time and four part-time RN vacancies, eight full-time and two part-time LPN vacancies, and one full-time and two part-time unit clerks.
  • The 4B medicine unit is expected to open January 9.

The Region’s commitment to quality and safety is at the heart of enhancing our medicine bed capacity. By providing appropriate space and adequate patient flow, we can ensure patients receive safe quality care all days of the year.  It is important that we continue daily work to improve patient care, reduce length of stay, and improve re-admission rates. Without the collective work of all areas the Region will continue to be at or over capacity. We thank you for your effort and dedication.

Please share this information as appropriate.

Michael Redenbach
Vice President, Integrated Health Services
W: (306) 766-0905