Delivering the Healthcare that our Families and Friends Deserve

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
Major Hospital Expansion

St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital partnered with Kahler Slater to assist in updating the hospital’s existing campus master plan to ensure they are best prepared for future growth on their urban site. Kahler Slater partnered with Toronto-based Montgomery-Sisam on this Ministry of Health-approved Redevelopment Project that includes a complete replacement of the hospital's ED, Surgery and Central Processing departments plus a new Mental Health unit. 

Emphasis was placed on improving both patient experience and staff efficiencies by refining adjacencies and minimizing footsteps. Kahler Slater’s team led staff through a process to develop a functional and clinical design for the project while focusing on unifying the addition with the existing facility to improve wayfinding for public and staff flows. The new development capitalizes on recent operational improvement work that greatly improved Emergency Department wait times and workflow. The design includes a “front of house” entrance for patients arriving for Emergency, Surgical Services and outpatient Behavioral Health, separating the experience from the emergency vehicle entrance, which were previously combined. Back of house and front of house spaces ensure patient dignity, privacy and comfort within the facility. Planning also includes anticipation of future connections and expansions for a full campus redevelopment. 

Powerful Results

Recipient of Don Smith Commercial Building Award, 2020
Approximate 8% increase in patient volumes year-over-year
$1.3 million operating surplus in fiscal year following the Great Expansion
Admitted patients at STEGH spend 68% less time in the new ER than comparable patients at other southwestern Ontario regional hospitals and 78% less time when compared to the Province as a whole.
increase in ER visits from previous year