Dartmouth General Hospital Expansion & Redevelopment

The Dartmouth General Hospital (DGH) is embarking on a $132 million redevelopment that will see a $99 million investment in facilities renovations and expansion and $33 million in new equipment and technology. Our project is a key part of the overall QEII Redevelopment project, a multi-site plan to build a modernized acute care system.

A three-story addition will be added on the back of the hospital (now under construction) which will house eight new operating rooms, with two designed specifically for orthopaedic surgery, an Ambulatory Care and Endoscopy Centre and a new Pharmacy and Medical Device Reprocessing area.

Elsewhere in the hospital, renovation and retrofitting will take place. This will result in 48 new inpatient beds on the vacant 5th floor. The ICU will be moved and that vacated space will allow for the creation of an Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU). Other upgrades include an expanded and revamped Diagnostic Imaging Department and a new front entrance and reconfigured lobby.

Looking at the Impact

  • Better integration of Surgical Services across the HRM
  • Relieving pressures on the QEII
  • Shorter waitlists
  • Concentration of Orthopaedic Surgery at DGH
  • Redeveloping existing space to increase our capacity
  • Improved patient flow to enhance patient privacy
  • Increased patient comfort and improved aesthetic

DGH Foundation's Role

The Foundation’s role in the DGH redevelopment and expansion project will be to create awareness and visibility surrounding the project, and to most importantly raise funds to help make it possible. In the coming months more information will become available regarding a Capital Campaign.

The Foundation has been out in the community sharing the plans and implications of the Redevelopment. They have hosted four sessions at local businesses MNP, Knightsbridge Robertson Surette, Office Interiors and Delta Dartmouth, inviting community leaders and key stakeholders to attend. Briefings offered an opportunity to learn about the impacts of the Redevelopment on healthcare services for families, friends and employees whom the Dartmouth General serves. Participants got to hear from some of Dartmouth General’s dedicated employees like Site Chief, Dr. Todd Howlett, Chief of Surgery, Dr. Alex Mitchell, and Site Chief of Orthopaedics, Dr. Doug Legay in a presentation highlighting these impacts. See the photo gallery below for pictures from the briefings. 

The QEII Redevelopment Project

The QEII Redevelopment project is the plan to relocate care and services from the Victoria General and Centennial buildings which will be decommissioned by approximately 2020 and later demolished. However, the project is much more than replacing aging infrastructure, it's also about planning for the future of care delivery in Nova Scotia to ensure we are meeting patient’s needs now and 30 years from now.

The overall project includes many individual projects such as the redevelopment and expansion of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, the redevelopment and expansion at the Dartmouth General Hospital, an OR renovation at Hants Community Hospital, a new Community Outpatient Facility in Bayers Lake and a new residential Hospice located in Halifax. Dartmouth General's project, along with these others, will support the eventual closure of the Victoria and Centennial buildings.

For more information on the QEII Redevelopment, visit http://qe2redevelopment.ca.

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