Headwaters Health Care Centre will experience a planned six-hour outage of the emergency back-up power system on Sunday, October 17, 2021. The outage is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. and end by 2:00 p.m.
During this time, a new emergency back-up power generator will be installed to ensure we have the electrical capacity to support new and future critical equipment on emergency power. Extensive planning and communication has occurred to ensure the comfort and safety of our current patients and mitigate any risks.
During the six-hour outage, there will be no scheduled surgical procedures, deliveries, outpatient tests, clinics or treatments. Our Emergency Department (ED) and Emergency Services will remain open and we will have limited diagnostic imaging available to support our ED and inpatient units.
The outage will impact clinical services and hospital equipment and building infrastructure like heating and cooling. The hospital cafeteria will also be closed for the entire weekend, reopening again on October 18. Patients have been notified they will receive cold meals on Sunday only, except for those with modified diets.
The Orangeville community and surrounding area is encouraged to visit alternate care options such as a walk-in-clinic or other community provider for treatment or care, if possible, on October 17. During the six-hour outage our staff will be focused on providing high-quality, safe, care to our current patients. Our Emergency Department will remain open for emergencies.
This project has involved tremendous work and collaboration from others. Communication with partners and stakeholders has been paramount as we have worked through the planning.