The new, redeveloped approximately 1,550 square-metre (16,684 square-feet) Emergency Department (ED) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital will bring together, co-locate, those departments. This will improve patient flow, access to imaging and labs, security, privacy & confidentiality, and the alignment of critical care services and staff between the ED and ICU.
Cost of the project is $27 million and is being cost-shared between the provincial government through Northern Health and Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District.
Construction is expected to start in late 2019 and be complete in 2021.
On April 17th, 2019 the Business Plan for the redevelopment of the Emergency Department (ED) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) was approved by the Province of BC. The Northern Health Capital Projects team is now moving quickly to move the project forward and start the exciting work of procurement, and ultimately, construction.
The Project Procurement Phase is the portion of the facility renewal process in which various procurement options are considered, including design, build, finance and maintenance.
The procurement phase can last up to 18 months; however, once completed, construction typically begins quickly. The Design-Bid-Build process was chosen for this project.
The overall vision of the Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) redevelopment is to provide a Critical Care Services area consisting of a co-located Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit consistent with modern best practices for a community hospital. The objective is to ensure Critical Care Services in the new facility comply with all applicable Canadian Standards Association standards for Canadian Health Care Facilities and with Accreditation Standards (i.e. triage, security, decontamination/hazmat, confidentiality), that improve patient flow, improve staff utilization, and decrease operating costs through workflow efficiency.
On completion, the redeveloped Emergency Department will contain new and updated treatment rooms along with a modernized trauma room and other treatment spaces (including rooms for cast work, observation, etc.).
The Intensive Care Unit is required to provide stabilization and care of patients with compromised airways and/or requiring ventilation, those recovering from overdose and complex surgical procedures and care for those with acute stroke, injuries from a trauma, myocardial infarction and acute exacerbations of complex chronic diseases.
On completion, the redeveloped ICU will contain five (5) patient care rooms with private washrooms as well as anterooms and a physician dictation room for increased privacy. The redeveloped area will also host a family meeting room and a new, centralized nursing station.
Human remains were discovered on the site of future construction of the G.R. Baker memorial Hospital ED and ICU expansion. The Coroner has determined the remains to be archaeological – we do not currently know how old they may actually be.
Northern Health, its archaeologist, representatives from the Ministry of Citizen Services and local First Nations are continuing dialogue to determine next steps in the respectful examination of the remains during the period of excavation for building foundations. Northern Health is aware of the significance of this land to local First Nations and is working with representatives.
A permit was issued by Heritage Branch for a licensed archaeologist to prepare and submit an Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA). Preparation of the AIA is currently on hold pending instruction from Heritage Branch regarding continued archaeological requirements and processes of examination.
Site Access: During the period of construction Northern Health and its Contractors will honour City bylaws and Northern Health requirements respecting hours of work and construction noise. Site logistics have not yet been confirmed with the City of Quesnel, Ministry of Health Services, and Northern Health Capital Services, but those discussion are in progress.
Northern Health has been in discussion with the City of Quesnel and the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure to determine acceptable site construction access points in an effort to minimize hospital and neighbourhood disruption that may be caused by construction vehicles and equipment.
Access points to the hospital site will remain as they are now.
Parking: Parking is and will remain free at GRBH. Parking for Staff, Physicians and visitors will be located on the East and West sides of the hospital expansion project.
There will be limited parking onsite during the construction phase of the project; however, on completion, the site plans call for approximately 80 new stalls – this will result in approximately 15 more spaces than what is currently in place.
Northern Health has committed to consulting and working with First Nations partners throughout the processes of the redevelopment projects, including in the earlier business planning phase. The G.R. Baker Memorial hospital site has historic cultural significance for local Indigenous populations and Northern Health has commissioned preparation of an Archaeological Impact Assessment (required under the Heritage Conservation Act). The Ministry of Citizens’ Services is coordinating the First Nations consultation, and initial meetings have been held.