The Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Deux-Montagnes, Benoit Charette, inaugurated, on behalf of the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, the new rapid hospitalization complex in Saint-Eustache.
Initiated at the end of September 2020, this project aims to provide the Saint-Eustache Hospital with a temporary, quick-assembly construction to add care beds, in particular due to the context of the pandemic which increases the needs.
The complex welcomes its first patients from January 31. The temporary building is connected to the Saint-Eustache Hospital by a footbridge and includes all the infrastructure necessary for patient care. The new hospital complex includes 62 individual alcoves (rooms).
Patients who must undergo surgery and / or day surgery will be transferred to the complex, which will free up space and add hospital beds at the Saint-Eustache Hospital, with the aim to welcome customers with symptoms of COVID-19 more easily.
This is also a first step towards modernizing the hospital, a project that will materialize over the next few years. This major project includes the modernization of the emergency room, the construction of a new short-term care unit to make up for the current lack of beds and the redevelopment of the current care units.
“Carried out in the midst of a health emergency, the construction of this complex gives us the opportunity to improve the organization of care this winter. In the short term, it became necessary to put in place a quick solution. This project reflects our desire to be inspired by the best possible ideas to improve the health and social services network. » said Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services
Benoît Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change and MP for Deux-Montagnes, also added: “I am very proud to underline the efforts that have been made, in a very short period of time, to improve care and services at Saint-Eustache Hospital. The result of this large-scale work will allow patients and healthcare teams to benefit from facilities of hospital quality, in a safe and suitable environment. The community will thus be able to benefit from the first structure of this kind in Quebec for hospitalization needs. »
The construction project was completed in just four months, at a cost of nearly $ 19 million and it should be noted that construction work on a similar project in Saint-Jérôme is continuing and that it will open in the coming weeks.