St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is a 166 bed Community Hospital located in St. Thomas, Ontario. STEGH values patient-centered care and healing environments with a goal of delivering an excellent patient care experience. To meet the requirements of the Canadian Ministry of Health, Kahler Slater has partnered for this project with the Toronto architectural firm Montgomery-Sisam. Together, the Joint Venture team lead the STEGH team through a process to update their Master Plan. Upon completion of this process, Kahler Slater became the primary lead for the functional and clinical design and planning and interior architectural design for the new STEGH Redevelopment project. The 80,000 square foot addition with additional renovations in the existing facility to improve wayfinding and public and staff flows includes the following components: a new Emergency Department, a new Surgical and Procedural Platform including In-Patient and Day Surgery Programs, a new state of the art Central Services Department and a (15 bed) Acute Mental Health In-Patient Unit plus associated Mental Health Ambulatory Care Facilities.
Emphasis was placed on improving both the patient experience and staff efficiencies. Various scenarios were developed and played out in order to develop the best solution for integration in to a very tight urban site that also meets the expectations of both patients and staff. The new development includes a “front of house” entrance for patients arriving for Emergency and Out-Patient Mental Health and Surgical services, separating that experience from the emergency vehicle entrance, which are currently combined. Emphasis was placed on patient dignity, privacy and comfort in a safe, efficient facility. Planning also included anticipation of future connections and expansions for a full campus redevelopment.
John Bod, Redevelopment Project Manager, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital