STEGH Launches Design Stage of Redevelopment Project with Selection of Architect

St. Thomas, Ontario – St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) has taken an important step in the process that will result in the first significant new construction at the hospital in over two decades. After a rigorous selection process, the architectural team consisting of the firms Montgomery-Sisam and Kahler-Slater has been selected to be the lead designers for the Hospital’s redevelopment project.

The formal construction procurement process for this project is expected to begin early 2015, and the architects will be working with the STEGH team to develop detailed design and specifications for the project. The new facilities will include mental health in-patient and outpatient services, a new emergency department, and a new surgical suite including a supporting sterile processing department.

“This team brings to us a depth of experience not only in hospital design, but also in the lean and evidence-based approach to design,” says Paul Collins, STEGH President and CEO. “They are a critical fit with our journey at STEGH to deliver an excellent patient care experience.”

The use of lean methods in healthcare (adopted from other sectors) focuses on enhanced clinical workflow with technologies promoting efficient use of staff and resources. This allows for the smooth flow of patients, staff and visitors while reducing waiting times and travel distances. Evidence based design borrows principles from lean to create healthcare facilities that support patient-centered care.

Montgomery-Sisam Architects, based in Toronto, has developed a reputation for design leadership that is supported by over 65 provincial, national and international awards including the 2011 Architectural Firm Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Notable projects include the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

“It is clear to our team that STEGH is committed to design solutions that place the patient at the center of the experience,” says Santiago Kunzle, principle with Montgomery-Sisam. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help the hospital and the community to achieve this vision.”

The Canadian firm has teamed up with Kahler-Slater, a firm located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and works internationally. Their award-winning healthcare design practice re-imagines healthcare and is dedicated to utilizing evidence-based design to create health care environments that improve outcomes.

Extensive interest from the architectural community was shown in STEGH’s request for proposals, issued in April, 2013. Ten proposals from architectural groups located in Canada and internationally were received and independently evaluated against predetermined criteria by a selection panel. The panel included representatives from STEGH, the hospital’s community building infrastructure committee and from Infrastructure Ontario (a provincial agency which has oversight responsibilities on behalf of the government).

“We took on the challenge made by government in 2012 to ‘re-scope’ our previously approved redevelopment project and, using what we had learned from the lean approach, had it successfully reapproved,” comments Paul Bode, Hospital Board Chair. “It is extremely exciting for our Board to launch this next stage of our long awaited rebuilding project.”

For more information contact: 
Cathy Fox, Communications and Public Relations Specialist
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
519- 631-2030 Ext.

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