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News @ !magine

February 1, 2012
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Marks Project Milestone with Tri-Board Approval of Stage 1 ProposalVIEW INFO
December 23, 2011
There is an updated Frequently Asked Questions document that answers many of the question asked by the community during the recent public information sessions. VIEW INFO
October 18, 2011
Our public information meetings have been booked. Plan to attend one of the sessions to see the proposals for the redevelopment of both the Chatham and Sydenham Campuses. More info

!magine the Possibilities

The !magine Project is all about possibilities. It’s about what your future healthcare delivery services will be all about.

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is experiencing ongoing pressures in its efforts to continue to provide high quality services for its community. Our buildings are old and are not up to handling the requirements of healthcare delivery as we move into the future.

CKHA must enhance quality care and minimize risks to patients; work within existing funding levels; attract an array of healthcare professionals, physicians and staff; and finally, CKHA must strengthen and coordinate its service delivery model with other health care providers. It also has to take into consideration the condition of its facilities in providing these services in the future.

Constructed in 1957 and updated in 1967, the facility at Sydenham requires significant investment to update and does not meet current standards. The Public General Hospital site (PGH) in the Chatham campus was also constructed over 50 years ago, with the main body of the hospital constructed in 1954 and a west wing in 1968. Although some areas of PGH have been renovated, the majority of that area requires updating in several critical areas. A new St. Joseph’s Hospital was constructed in 2004 to relocate and rebuild that aging facility.

The Board of CKHA recognizes that a redevelopment project offers the best opportunity to help address many of these ongoing pressures. Consideration has been given to what dynamic new healthcare facilities could do to improve the quality and safety of patient care, to create operational efficiencies and to attract healthcare professionals to the organization.

These concerns led to a capital planning process and the creation of an innovative project named !magine: Innovative Healthcare Facilities. The project is guided by a Steering Committee of the CKHA Board, consisting of Board representatives, hospital leadership and project office staff. The !magine Project Steering Committee has established a number of key guiding principles to help shape its decision-making and guide its process; these include:

  • - Patient & Family Centred Care;
  • - Patient and Staff Safety;
  • - Regulatory conformance and accreditation;
  • - Infection prevention and control;
  • - Accessibility;
  • - Process and system redesign;
  • - "Green Health" care;
  • - Flexibility and adaptability; and
  • - Efficiency enabling design

The !magine Project is evaluating a variety of options from a complete greenfield development to a two-site redevelopment to a multi-site, multi-phased redevelopment. However, the project has identified a need for redevelopment in both the Chatham and Sydenham campuses. The final decision on the scope and continuation of the project will ultimately rest with the Ministry.

The !magine Project represents an exciting opportunity to redefine healthcare for the community of Chatham-Kent and its surrounding catchment area.

“Excellence can be obtained if you: more than others think is wise;
...risk more than others think is safe;
...dream more than others think is practical;
...expect more than others think is possible.”