BRHC Redevelopment Project
Work has started on the \$13.75-million Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC) Redevelopment Project. The medical bed expansion/redevelopment project will see 12 new medical in-patient beds created to bring the total number of beds to 60. The project will also involve the relocation of the existing pediatric unit to the second floor Annex of the hospital to accommodate the medical bed expansion of the fourth and fifth floors.
During the current phase of the project, the 200 Annex area is now closed and there is no elevator or stairwell access to the second floor off the old General Centre elevator/stairs. The visiting/family room and washroom on the second floor are also not accessible at this time. The public is being asked to use the BRHC’s main floor atrium for these services.
The entire project, which is anticipated to take at least two and a half years, will be undertaken in various phases to limit disruption to patients, families, visitors and health-care providers.
BRHC Chief Operating Officer Brian Schoonbaert says there are many aspects to keep in mind regarding a project of this magnitude.
“As we look ahead to future renovation steps, we may face periods during construction where available beds become very tight. So in keeping with our efforts to be transparent and communicate in an open and timely fashion we would also like to provide advance notice on potential bed management/utilization strategies, which may come into effect,” Schoonbaert said.
Schoonbaert added that as part of those strategies, PMH may have to temporarily relocate appropriate patients to neighbouring facilities where they will still get the quality, safe care they need.
“This will be necessary to ensure there is appropriate access to the care that only BRHC can provide within the health region. In those particular cases any transfer would be to the nearest possible rural facility.”
PMH appreciates the patience and understanding of staff, physicians and the general public regarding temporary inconvenience the construction project may cause. The region will provide further updates as the project proceeds through various phases.
BRHC Auxiliary Celebrates a Fundraising Milestone
Brandon Regional Health Centre Auxiliary is celebrating a milestone in its fundraising history. Donations since 1982 from the Nearly New Shop and the Gift Shop have made it possible for the Auxiliary to donate more than $4 million to enhance patient care at Brandon Regional Health Centre. More recently, the partnership with Tim Hortons has also contributed to an increase in these donations.
Ultrasound equipment for Radiology, monitors for Emergency, an anesthetic machine for the OR, a fetal monitor and infant resuscitator for Single Room Maternity Care, and equipment for the Pain Clinic are just some examples of modern equipment made possible by the Auxiliary over the past 35 years.
These donations are made possible by the generosity of those who support The Gift Shop and Tim Hortons at Brandon Regional Health Centre and The Nearly New Shop at 601 9th Street. An amazing group of more than 100 volunteers work behind the scenes sorting, stocking and pricing items. Together, the shoppers, donors and volunteers are truly partners in providing much needed funding for patient care equipment at BRHC. That really is something to celebrate!
Brian Schoonbaert, BRHC Chief Operating Officer shares that ``The hard work and commitment of the BRHC Auxiliary, and their numerous volunteers, have resulted in an enormous contribution to the equipment at BRHC and in turn to the care that we are able to provide to our patients. The residents of the City of Brandon and neighbouring communities should be very grateful for their efforts of this very unpretentious yet extremely dedicated group of individuals.``
“Reaching this $4 million milestone is such a rewarding experience” states outgoing Auxiliary Chair, Marlene Brichon. “This is truly a community effort and the credit is shared with so many people: everyone who has been a member of the auxiliary since its inception, everyone who ever volunteered at the Gift Shop, everyone who ever volunteered at the Nearly New Shop, every person and business who donated items to be sold at the Nearly New Shop, every person who has shopped at the Gift Shop and the Nearly New Shop, every person who has supported and encouraged us in our efforts, every person and business that helped us with the maintenance of our two enterprises. Without the efforts of all these people, the money could not have been raised and the much needed equipment and bursaries could not have been purchased. The Auxiliary looks forward to your continued support as we work towards the next milestone.”
For more information contact:
Janice Meadows, BRHC Auxiliary Assistant