Collingwood General & Marine Hospital (CGMH) is kicking off renovations to its emergency department (ED), an 800K project supported by the CGMH Foundation through community donations. It’s anticipated that work will take approximately four months to complete, as everyone works hard to minimize patient disruption.

Two females wearing hard hats, stand in front of a blue curtain and behind a sign that reads we apologize for any inconvenience as we make improvements
“We hope to minimize any delays to the patient, by working in high volume areas during off peak times, but would like to let everyone know that work is underway, and at times, delays could occur,” says Erin Bruce, manager, Emergency Department.

While the hospital is currently working on a Redevelopment plan for a renovated or new facility, this is likely 10 years away, and updating the Emergency Department will help ease congestion and be more efficient for staff to work in, until such time as a new or renovated facility is available.

“With more than 34,000 patients moving through the department last year, the main goal is to reconstruct and reconfigure the space, within its existing footprint,” says Dr. Kylie Bosman, chief of the Emergency Department, who in addition to the Hospital’s ED manager was heavily involved in the planning process.

Key renovation highlights include:

  • the reconstruction of the large central nursing station to improve sight lines to patients
  • introduction of modular nursing carts which allow staff and physicians access to equipment, closer to the patient
  • changes to the triage area to provide more equipment for staff

While most of the $800,000 needed has been raised, the Foundation is hopeful the upcoming triathlon in Wasaga Beach on Aug 27 and 28 will put them over the top.