Emergency Department Redevelopment at Dauphin Regional Health Centre Now Complete
New, \$23-Million Emergency Department to Improve Patient Flow
The redevelopment and expansion of the new \$23-million emergency department at Dauphin Regional Health Centre has been completed, with its new entranceway opening on Monday, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.
“This new emergency department is three times larger than the previous space and is improving patient flow while helping staff do their work more efficiently,” said Friesen. “The new space reflects our continued commitment to improving health care for all Manitobans, including those in the Dauphin and Parkland region.”
The original emergency department was built in 1985 and last updated in 2001. Work began in early 2017 to develop the new, 16,000-sq.-ft. 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.
The redeveloped and expanded space includes:
- 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;
- a new pedestrian access ramp at the back entrance of the facility; and
- 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.
- The new emergency department began seeing patients in July, using the centre’s old entrance while work continued on a new main entry for the facility that includes a driveway.
“Dauphin Regional Health Centre is the second largest hospital within our health region and with the redevelopment complete, Prairie Mountain Health has provided for a modernized, quality space for our patients and health-care staff,” stated Penny Gilson, CEO, Prairie Mountain Health. “This new space improves patient-flow, patient access and many security upgrades also provide a safer environment for everybody.”
The increased space and redesigned physical layout incorporates several recommendations from the Brian Sinclair inquest report, including improving patient access to triage and providing direct access and visibility to the waiting room for triage nurses responsible for monitoring patients.
“This new site will make a real difference for people in the community and surrounding area,” Central Services Minister Reg Helwer said in Dauphin today. “I’m pleased to note the investments that our government is making will ensure people across rural Manitoba have access to quality health care services.”
The ministers said opening the new emergency department builds on other investments at the centre, including the installation of a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner last December.
Funding for emergency medical services (EMS) has also been increased by $12.1 million since 2016, allowing for the creation of an additional 149.2 full-time equivalent paramedic positions throughout rural Manitoba. The government has committed to adding 80 more paramedic positions over the next four years.
DRHC Front Entrances Set to Open November 18th.
Please be advised that effective 7 a.m. on Monday, November 18, the new front entrances and front entrance vehicle ramp will open at Dauphin Regional Health Centre (DRHC).
Starting Monday, there will be two front entrances, accessible via 3rd St SW, available for public use. One is a new direct entrance into the Emergency Department assessment and information services area. This entrance will remain open 24 hours a day-seven days a week. The other re-opens the main front entrance, which provides access to the rest of the hospital.
This will not affect the present public entry/exits at the back of the DRHC, which remain off the Jackson Street and 4th Avenue SW entrances. The public entrances and designated patient drop-off areas at the back of the Health Centre are marked by signage.
Remember, for any urgent or emergent situation —call 911. Emergency Medical Services (ambulance) will continue to provide emergency response and transport as appropriate.
For more information about accessing the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
DRHC Project completion- The new front entranceways to Dauphin Regional Health Centre have officially opened. At an event held Nov. 15, 2019, to recognize completion of the DRHC Redevelopment Project, are (from left to right) Lee Jebb, Prairie Mountain Health Board Chair, Reg Helwer, Minister of Central Services, Alyson Schmidt, DRHC Clinical Resource Nurse, Dr. Trina Mathison, Jean Ann Fisher, DRHC Care Team Manager, Petra Huschenbett, DRHC Care Team Manager, Brad Michaleski, Dauphin MLA and Len Isleifson, Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living.