Ministry okays SFMH Emergency Dept. redevelopment

St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) is excited to share that it has received official approval of its Emergency Department (ED) Redevelopment Project Stage 2.1 & 2.2 submission from the Ministry of Health. The approval means the schematics (sketch and block plans and design) are confirmed and we move on to the next stage, where the engineers draw up the specifics of the construction drawing. Above: SFMH new Emergency Dept. Image

“We’re very pleased to receive this approval and be able to move forward with the next step in planning our new and improved emergency department. This redevelopment will support the continued delivery of high-quality, patient-centred care that we are proud to provide to residents of our community,” stated Kevin Quade, Chair, SFMH Board of Directors.

The SFMH emergency department currently sees more than 11,000 patients per year. It is a critical resource for the community. The ambulatory care space, which will also be renovated, will ensure the hospital continues to provide the highest standard of outpatient care to our patients.

The renovation project will increase the physical footprint by over 5,500 square feet, as well as upgrade and renovate the existing space to current standards for patient care, infection control, privacy/confidentiality, and occupational health, among others. The new ED will also meet the latest standards, learning from the Covid pandemic.

“Patients, families, as well as the front-line doctors and nurses will appreciate the improvements in privacy, accessibility, infection control, and communications. Our clinical team has been involved in the planning and design throughout this process and are excited to move closer to the beginning of the construction,” noted Dr. Jason Malinowski, SFMH Chief of Staff.

SFMH is now set to proceed to Stage 2.3 of the approval process (Contract Documents). This next step will lay the framework upon which tender documents will be based.

Julia Boudreau, SFMH CEO, thanked the Ministry of Health and Ontario Health East Region for their support for the project, as well as the staff, physicians and Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) members who have been involved in the planning so far.

“The redevelopment of our ED will ensure safe and efficient emergency care for residents of Barry’s Bay and surrounding area for years to come,” stated Boudreau.

Pecarskie,J.,St.Francis Memorial Hospital(2023,July31) St. Francis Memorial Hospital ED Redevelopment moves to next step [media release]


  1. Arden S Pritchard

    Can’t staff what we got so how is this gonna improve the wait times? They are very short staffed and can’t get
    people to run what we have so how is it gonna change?

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