Moving into the Modular Building at the Lakeshore General Hospital

The Montréal West Island IUHSSC is pleased to announce that the construction of the two-storey modular building, which is physically connected to the Lakeshore General Hospital (LGH), is nearing completion. In fact, work has progressed to such a point that the first floor welcomed its first patients from the Emergency on July 20. Effective today, Friday, September 4, employees from the Nursing Directorate and the Professional Services Directorate will occupy the second floor. Staff from the Multidisciplinary Services Directorate and the Support for Elderly Autonomy Program Directorate will join them there as of Tuesday, September 8. In all, close to 50 employees will occupy the second floor.

This two-storey building is insulated, air-conditioned, and heated for year-round use, and was erected within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first floor expands the surface area for the LGH’s Emergency Room, making it possible to increase the physical distance required between patients, as well as complying with the infection prevention and control standards, thereby avoiding cross-contamination. The first floor can accommodate 24 stretchers and is equipped with a negative pressure ventilation system, allowing complete isolation of LGH with airlocks. Currently, no patients with COVID-19 are being sent to the first floor.

The second floor has been configured as workspace for IUHSSC clinical and administrative staff members. It will house management and administrative staff, social workers, nutritionists, nurses, nursing consultants, and physicians, among others. Not only do these office spaces allow for the physical distancing measures issued by Québec’s Public Health Directorate, they also free up administrative space within the LGH, thereby increasing its hospitalization capacity.

In the short term, this building provides additional material resources to deal with the threat of a second wave. It also increases the capacity to address the needs of the population. It will also help to meet the growing needs for health and social services, pending the realization of major projects currently under consideration, including the LGH Emergency. The expected life span of the building is five to seven years.

Please note that a similar building is under construction at St. Mary’s Hospital Center. We will update you on the details of that project shortly.

The management of the Montréal West Island IUHSSC would like to thank all of those who have helped with the completion and delivery of this project, particularly given the short time line and in the midst of a unique health crisis. The IUHSSC would also like to thank the municipalities of Pointe-Claire and Kirkland, and the hospital’s immediate neighbours for their cooperation.

 

Exterior views of the modular building at the Lakeshore General Hospital.

The first floor of the modular building has been in use for a few weeks by patients and staff of the Lakeshore General Hospital Emergency Room.