Hospital construction moving along

Construction on the $12.5-million Phase IV project at La Verendrye Hospital here is well on schedule, Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. reported this week.
Project manager Ed Cousineau has said the new addition to the south of the existing structure has been erected and the roof is expected to be in place in September.
Once the roof is on, the new building will be completely boarded off to allow for work to continue on the inside throughout the winter months.
Cousineau also noted doorways are being made between the addition and the existing building. As well, work will continue on the east parking lot in September.
In October, some departments will begin moving into the newly-renovated 1941 wing of the hospital.
In related news, the emergency ramp entrance will be undergoing some renovations in the next couple of months and a new canopy will be installed.
During this time, emergency traffic will need to be re-routed. The public is encouraged to watch for further notification concerning the temporary closure of the emergency ramp entrance, said Riverside’s communications officer Teresa Hazel.
Installation of new ventilation and air conditioning units is ongoing, and a new fire alarm system currently is being installed throughout the building.
At the end of the two-year construction period, which began this past April, the extensive work will have included new emergency rooms, waiting rooms, operating rooms, labs, and an X-ray department.
The expansion also will include re-locating the dialysis unit, having a specific area for chemotherapy, and possibly getting a computerized tomography (CT) imaging unit, which has the ability to image a combination of soft tissue, bone, and blood vessels.
Those with any questions or concerns regarding the Phase IV construction can contact Hazel at 274-4803.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)