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SAH doesn’t foresee delays in withdrawal management site

Building has been gutted for renovation, contractor appears to be staying ahead of construction material supply chain issues

Sault Area Hospital officials are pleased to see that construction of the new Residential Withdrawal Management site in Sault Ste. Marie doesn’t appear to be facing any delays.

Work on the building, located at 145 Old Garden River Road, should begin soon and is anticipated to be completed by December 2022.

As reported earlier by SooToday’s James Hopkin, Sault MPP Ross Romano announced in April that the Ontario government has committed more than $18 million in capital grant funding for renovation of 16,000 square feet in the 28,000 square-foot building for a 20-bed site for adult withdrawal management.

Ila Watson, SAH president and CEO, speaking to the SAH board of directors at its meeting held virtually Monday, said Romano’s announcement was “a tremendous event for our community.”

“The day of Minister Romano’s announcement and that formal notification for the community, actually the site fencing was erected as a signal to the community that we’re here and ready to go,” said Sue Roger, SAH vice president of clinical operations and chief nursing executive.

The inside of the Old Garden River Road building has already been gutted, Roger said.

“It is a shell internally and ready for work to be done. Workers have been on site doing work and have wasted no time in trying to expedite the work for the community.”

In terms of possible concerns over construction material supply chain issues affecting work on the facility, Roger told the board “they have made contingency plans both in time and supply chains to allow for an opening date at the earliest opportunity. My understanding is that they’re ahead of the game and the contractor has been very proactive with the ordering and securing of the supplies they will need.”

“I don’t have any concerns at this time about that matter,” Roger said.

In other news from President and CEO Watson’s monthly report to the board, it was noted that:  

  • Personal panic alarms (worn by staff on lanyards) have been purchased and are being distributed to all ED staff and physicians. It is expected that staff will wear these while working in the ED.
  • The COVID Assessment Centre is providing IV therapy for COVID treatment for those who are eligible, in addition to providing PCR testing. So far 10 patients have been served, with 25 infusions in total.
  • A process for administration of the medication Remdesivir at the COVID Assessment Centre has been developed. Remdesivir is an anti-viral medication used to treat COVID-19 for patients who meet specific criteria.
  • SAH was recently recognized by Ontario Health for managing its surgical wait lists in such a way that all long waiting patients (more than 182 days) are booked by the end of May or have had their surgery completed.

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