Five new operating rooms opened in Grand Falls-Windsor

Rooms cost $22 million dollars, part of larger renovation for CNRHC

Andrea Gunn
Published on February 28, 2014

One of the new state-of-the-art operating rooms recently opened at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor. Renovations for five rooms cost a total of $22 million.

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Five state-of-the-art operating rooms, costing $22 million, were officially opened on Friday at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Susan Sullivan, Minister of Health and Community Services was in town for the official announcement.

“These new operating rooms will enhance services in this region, placing the most modern equipment, tools and technology in the hands of our surgeons. This is an important investment in our people and our province,” Sullivan said in a release issued by the department.

The release states that the operating rooms will be approximately 40 per cent larger, and offer a more conducive working environment with better workflow that can accommodate more modern surgical equipment and technology.

Some of the features included in the rooms are customizable lighting for optimal visibility, in-suite conferencing abilities, mechanical and electrical back-up systems to avoid interruption during power outages, and newly designed prep areas that allow for enhanced infection control practices.

On Friday, the rooms were already full and in-use by physicians.

Central Health CEO Rosemarie Goodyear said the opening of the new operating rooms means that health care providers will be better able to meet the needs of patients now and into the future.

“The new operating rooms help ensure that we continue to keep pace with emerging practices and technology in surgical services and that we are also able to provide a modern working environment for our physicians and staff,” Goodyear said.

The new rooms are part of a larger redevelopment plan for the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre, valued at $30 million. Extensive renovations and redesign of the facility were required to house the new operating rooms.

Over $38 million has been provided infrastructure and equipment at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre and Carmelite House in the past ten years.