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September 18, 2017

Headwaters Opens New Ambulatory Care Unit

Nearly one year after the breaking ground on its redevelopment project, Headwaters Health Care Centre’s new Ambulatory Care Centre officially opened its doors to patients on Monday September 18, 2017.

The opening is the culmination of more than a decade of planning, and just over a year of construction which kicked off in May 2016. The transformative project is a significant step forward in increasing access to important health care services for the growing community. The addition of the new 8,700 square foot space is the first major expansion of the hospital since opening at the current location in 1997. The new wing will be home to high-demand clinics, services and programs such as dialysis, chemotherapy, minor procedures, orthopaedics and plastics.

“This is an exciting time for the hospital and the community,” said Stacey Daub, President and CEO of Headwaters. “With the opening of the new expansion, we are able to provide greater access to the programs and services that are needed most by this fast-growing community, while enabling us to continue providing exceptional, patient-focused care experiences, closer to home.”

Throughout the project, Headwaters’ redevelopment team worked closely with the community, including collaborating with patients to provide guidance and input from the patient perspective. “This expansion has been a labour of love not only for our staff, physicians and volunteers, but also for our patients, their families, and the community as a whole,” said Peter Varga, Vice President, Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive. “From their generous support of this ambitious project, to the small details that enhance the patient experience, this new Ambulatory Care unit is truly something we can be collectively proud of.”

The community was also tapped for their input on the naming of the four bright and spacious patient waiting areas featured in the new expansion. “It was incredible to see the excitement around naming our patient waiting areas,” added Varga. With more than 500 votes submitted, the community chose Willow, Maple, Apple and Oak- all names of trees found in the Headwaters region- as the new patient waiting room monikers. A community open house with guided tours of the new expansion will be hosted on Saturday, November 18 as part of the Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Candy Cane Fair. More details of the event and community open house will be shared shortly.

“We are so thrilled to open the new Ambulatory Care unit to our patients. It has been remarkable to see the space transform from a parking lot to a beautiful, cutting edge structure in just over a year,” added Geoff Harris, Director, Ambulatory Care and Clinical Support. “It is exciting to see our patients and their families receive exceptional care in this amazing new space and we look forward to expanding our clinical services to continue meeting the needs of our growing community”.

The completion of the expansion signals the kick off to the second phase of the redevelopment project: an exciting renovation of 11,800 square feet of existing hospital space to add another operating room, improve reception, and expand pre- and post-surgical recovery areas. Immediately upon opening the new Ambulatory Care expansion, the current Ambulatory Care space and minor procedures room will be turned over to contractors to begin the second phase of the redevelopment, which is targeted for completion in 2018.