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SMH celebrates completion of Level 2 ICU

January 28, 2021   ·   0 Comments

After being forced to halt construction in the spring due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston is celebrating the completion of its Level 2ICU, now call the High Acuity Unit.

The newly renovated space will provide the right environment, in their “considerably dated infrastructure” to ensue optimal care for patients. Since March, 2020, SMH has had four in-patient beds in the Medical/Surgical Unit designated as Level 2 ICU beds to care for their highest acuity patients.

“I am incredibly proud of our team of staff who continued to manage this project among many competing demands during the pandemic,” said Jody Levac, President and CEO of SMH. “This is a significant improvement to our facility as we wait or the redevelopment of our hospital. Within our dated infrastructure we will continue to strive to enhance he patient experience until we receive an approval from the Ministry to move forward with revitalizing our hospital.”

Once final testing and approvals are complete, the hospital anticipates their first patient will be admitted to the new unit in early February.

“We’ve renovated our existing space to accommodate the current standards including the technology and equipment required to care for patients needing high acuity care,” said Carrie Jeffreys, VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. “Our staff will continue to care for these patients, but in a space that is optimal for their care and recovery. South Simcoe community members will continue to receive the care they need close to home.”

The Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation is fundraising to support additional costs related to the build, including equipment and technology.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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