Dauphin Regional Health Centre's Emergency Department Redevelopment Enters Latter Stages

May 2019

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen and other provincial representatives joined Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) officials, as well as some key community stakeholders, for a tour of the Dauphin Regional Health Centre (DRHC) Redevelopment Project May 24, 2019.

The renovated and expanded emergency department at DRHC will be three times larger than its current space and promises to improve patient flow when it opens- which is anticipated towards the end of July 2019.

Work began in early 2017 on the $23-million project to redevelop the new, 16,000 square-foot emergency department in multiple phases. In the first phase of the project, the health centre’s existing emergency department was temporarily relocated within the building to allow for major renovations in the original space.

The current construction phase involved renovating the original location and adding a major addition to the building. The redeveloped and expanded space includes:

  • an enclosed ambulance garage which allows patients to be moved directly from an ambulance into the emergency department without going outside or through public waiting areas.;
  • an updated resuscitation/trauma care room;
  • enhanced treatment, exam and observation rooms , which will increase efficiency in patient flow and work flow within the emergency department;
  • a decontamination room;
  • a special care unit for extended emergency care of patients;
  • support space;
  • a new main entry to the health centre, including driveway; and
  • a new pedestrian access ramp at the back entrance of the facility.The original emergency department was built in 1985 and last updated in 2001.Even though the new emergency department and special care unit will be operational in late July, work will continue to demolish and reconstruct the front ramp area in early to mid-summer 2019. It is expected this final phase of the project will be completed in November. At this time, the temporary entrance between the hospital and community health building will remain as the main point of entry and exit.

The original emergency department was built in 1985 and last updated in 2001.

Even though the new emergency department and special care unit will be operational in late July, work will continue to demolish and reconstruct the front ramp area in early to mid-summer 2019. It is expected this final phase of the project will be completed in November. At this time, the temporary entrance between the hospital and community health building will remain as the main point of entry and exit.

DRHC ED Tour 3x2

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen tour the Dauphin Regional Health Centre Redevelopment Project