Ontario is celebrating the official opening of Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre’s newly expanded emergency department, which will give patients faster access to emergency services and a better patient experience.
Ontario’s $4.7 million investment in this project means that patients in Espanola and the surrounding community will benefit from:
An expanded and redesigned emergency department with nearly double the patient capacity, including 11 treatment rooms compared to the previous six
A new medication room in the emergency department area
Additional support space in the emergency department including patient waiting areas, a patient registration area and a conference room
A new ambulance bay with direct access into the emergency department
Improved infection control and patient privacy
Improved safety, efficiency and movement of patients and staff throughout the facility.
This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history — more than $130 billion over 10 years in infrastructure such as roads, bridges, transit, hospitals and schools.
Investing in hospitals is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
The new emergency department has about 10,000 square feet of space. This redevelopment project involved 3,213 square feet of new construction and 6,830 square feet of renovations.
Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre serves a population of about 14,000 with a catchment area that includes the Town of Espanola and Townships of Nairn & Hyman, Sables-Spanish River and Baldwin.
As well as a hospital, Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre includes a long-term care home, Family Health Team, senior’s assisted living centre, with a Community Care Access Centre co-located on the campus.