Hotel Dieu Hospital opens $900,000 Ophthalmology expansion project

(Kingston, ON, July 10/2013) Hotel Dieu Hospital today officially unveiled a newly developed area that will expand the existing Ophthalmology Clinic to accommodate rapidly increasing volumes of patients who need specialized eye care. This $900,000 expansion project supports the hospital’s role as a provincial leader in academic ambulatory health care.ophthalmology expansion Hotel Dieu

“We are delighted that this new area is now open so that we can better meet growing volumes of ophthalmology patients who come to Hotel Dieu Hospital for specialized diagnostics and treatment,” said Sherri McCullough, Chair of the HDH Board of Directors, as she welcomed donors, staff, and special guests in the newly developed area on Jeanne Mance level 6, immediately adjacent to the existing Eye Clinic.

“This beautiful new space is welcoming for patients and families, and will decompress the existing Eye Clinic. Rooms are designed with patient comfort and safety in mind. This space also works efficiently for our dedicated staff, physicians and learners. This new area is designed to support the excellence and innovation in ambulatory ophthalmology.”

Started in January of 2013, this $900,000 construction project created five new, fully equipped exam lanes, a new photo lab adjoining the existing diagnostics lab area, and comfortable waiting space for up to 25 people close to two washrooms. Existing administrative offices were relocated to facilitate expansion into this adjacent corridor. Minor renovations to the injections suite in the existing Eye Clinic are scheduled to take place over the summer.

“We’re extremely grateful to the many donors who contributed to this important project through University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. We could not have completed this necessary expansion without the philanthropic support of our community” said Dr. David Pichora, the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer.

“The addition of 5 new exam lanes and the consolidation of our diagnostics and photo labs into one fully integrated facility will greatly improve the patient’s experience and comfort. Demand for Ophthalmology service has grown from approximately 35,000 visits per year in 2008 to nearly 80,000 visits per year.

This new space allows us to deliver innovative, safe, and efficient care to patients with all types of complex eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinopathy. We are now even better equipped to provide a full range of eye care services for our region while we fulfill our responsibility to train the eye care surgeons for our future,” said Dr. Martin ten Hove, Head of Ophthalmology at Hotel Dieu Hospital and Associate Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at Queen’s University.

Hotel Dieu Hospital is the ambulatory care teaching and research hospital for Kingston and Southeastern Ontario, affiliated with Queen’s University. We provide expert care to more than 500,000 people in the region through specialized programs including pediatrics, medicine, ophthalmology, cardiology, surgery, mental health, oncology and urgent care. We deliver quality, safe health care, while advancing innovative research and educating the health care professionals of the future. Leading the transformation of ambulatory care

L'Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu est l'établissement de soins ambulatoires universitaire pour Kingston et le Sud-Est de l'Ontario affilié à l’Université Queen's. Il fournit des soins spécialisés à plus de 500 000 personnes de la région. Parmi ses services spécialisés, mentionnons les services de pédiatrie, de médecine, d’ophtalmologie, de cardiologie, de chirurgies, de santé mentale, d’oncologie et de soins d'urgence. L'hôpital fournit des services de soins de santé sûrs et de qualité tout en menant des recherches novatrices et en formant les professionnels de la santé de demain. Chef de file pour la transformation des soins ambulatoires

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