Construction begins on $40 million
Construction has begun on a $40.3-million project to make St. Boniface
General Hospital a centre of excellence for heart surgery and cardiac
care, Health Minister Theresa Oswald (pictured) announced.
“This leading-edge project will ensure Manitoba’s heart surgeons have a
first-class, technologically advanced facility to provide quality
cardiac care to Manitobans who need it,” Oswald said. “Manitoba’s heart
surgery centre of excellence will deliver a new standard of patient
comfort in a bright, modern, state-of-the-art setting.”
The St. Boniface cardiac centre of excellence will occupy nearly 41,000
square feet of new and renovated space, with a focus on more private
rooms for patients, natural light, private bathing facilities, more room
for visitors and other patient comforts.
The expansion will increase the number of cardiac beds by 15 and will
• an expanded 32-bed cardiac in-patient unit (a net increase of four
• a dedicated 15-bed cardiac intensive-care unit that includes an
isolation/protection bed (a net increase of five beds);
• a new six-bed chest-pain evaluation unit within the emergency
• development of a satellite pharmacy department to serve the cardiac
Dr. Brian Postl, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health
Authority (WRHA), said the new state-of-the-art facility will reflect
the excellent work already being done by cardiac surgeons and staff.
“Locating all post-operative aspects of cardiac surgery in one building
really completes the process of surgical consolidation that was started
two years ago,” Dr. Postl said. “This new facility, along with the
significant improvements that have been made to the program over the
past few years, makes Manitoba a national leader in this area.”
Dr. Alan Menkis, medical director of the WRHA cardiac sciences program,
said the facility was designed with patients and families in mind, with
large windows, natural lighting and spacious family rooms.
“Cardiac surgery is a traumatic experience for both patients and their
families,” Menkis said. “Being in a calming environment while you are
awaiting surgery, recovering from it or waiting for a loved one to
return from surgery, will help patients and families get through the
Menkis said staff will also benefit from their new surroundings.
“Not only will the new centre of excellence be a more pleasant
environment for staff to work in, it also is designed to better meet
daily needs, such as putting equipment and supplies where they can be
more easily accessed.”
The new facility will incorporate environmentally sustainable design
features throughout to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design Silver standard.
“Today, we celebrate the latest step in achieving a long-held dream, to
be a centre of excellence for heart health in Manitoba,” said Dr. Michel
Tétreault, president and CEO of St. Boniface Hospital. “St. Boniface
will be the focal point of a new age in cardiac care in this province,
bringing new opportunities and advancements.”
Consolidating heart surgery in one facility was a key recommendation of
the Koshal report on heart surgery. Other key recommendations that have
been implemented include:
• the construction of the state-of-the-art Bergen Cardiac Care Centre;
• the appointment of Menkis as overall cardiac sciences program head;
• the recruitment of strong physician leaders and staff for cardiac
surgery, cardiology and cardiac anesthesiology; and
• investments in advanced equipment to deliver a full spectrum of
leading-edge, cardiac-care technology.
Construction of the new centre of excellence is expected to be completed
by December 2010.