Image: An aerial view of Providence Care Hospital (Photo courtesy of Providence Care).
The new Providence Care Hospital (Kingston, Canada) is set to open with full operations and services to clients and patients in April 2017, integrating long-term mental health care with physical rehabilitation and complex care programs in the same facility.
The new hospital was designed to be welcoming, providing a home-like, patient-centered environment that allows individuals to meet friends and families in comfortable spaces throughout the building. The main lobby includes a reception area, where visitors can be greeted and will proceed to the nearby cafeteria, gift shops, or outpatient clinics. On the upper level, dedicated space for education, learning and research supports Providence Care’s role as an academic hospital and its partnerships with Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) and other post-secondary institutions.
The new facility, which replaces the exiting St Mary’s of the Lake Hospital and Mental Health Services buildings, includes 270 private inpatient rooms, which benefit from the therapeutic effects of daylight, fresh air and views. The modern design concept blends masonry, stone, metal, and wood exteriors to create a 57,000 sqm building that is integrated into the landscape and local architecture, providing individuals with a sense of place and drawing influence from nearby heritage buildings.
Interior courtyards allow for natural light in corridor and office spaces, as well as patient and client areas, providing staff with improved work environments. Departments, services, and units have been organized to support collaboration and inter-professional care, minimizing travel distances between units for care staff. To further enhance care and patient experience, the Providence Care Hospital will incorporate the latest technology throughout the building, with modern security, communication, and computer systems throughout the facility.
All inpatient rooms are single and adjoin to a private, accessible washroom, and shower. Patients can use a bedside touch screen to adjust environmental and entertainment controls, such as lights, temperature, curtains, television, and Internet. Quiet rooms, family lounges, kitchenettes and dining areas provide spaces for a range of activities, and all units have direct access to outdoor terraces or gardens, making it easier and more accessible for those with mobility challenges.
“It has taken a long time, 15 years as a matter of fact, to get to this point. If it was not for the ultimate financing process we are going through today, this hospital simply would not be built for the next 20 or 30 years. That is the reality of the situation,” said Kingston and the Islands MPP John Gerretsen. “The hospital that will be there at the end of the day will be publicly owned, publicly financed, publicly controlled, publicly managed and publicly run in every way.”
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