Q. Why a new hospital?
The new facility will bring together the programs from our St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital and Mental Health Services site to a brand new hospital to the rear of the existing building at Mental Health Services site on King Street West.
Our existing facilities are outdated and in need of costly repairs and operating costs for the old buildings exceed the cost of operating a new, smaller, more efficient building.
St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital is an outdated facility that does not adequately meet the needs of today’s patients. For example, although one of its specialties is rehabilitation, many of the rooms are not wheelchair accessible. When it was established in 1946, most patients were bedridden and did not use the modern wheelchairs that are common today.
Many of the rooms at Mental Health Services are designed to have eight patients per room and shared washrooms – yesterday’s ward-style living conditions are out of step with today’s approach to mental health treatment and recovery. There are 11 kilometres of hallways making it difficult to navigate, and inefficient to heat and maintain. As well, there is no air conditioning in the summer.
A new hospital will meet the changing needs of our community in the years to come. Our project is part of an overall joint hospitals’ redevelopment plan that has already seen the redevelopment of Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital, in order to meet the needs of the communities we serve – well into the future.
Q: When will the current hospitals open?
Outpatient clinics at the Providence Care Hospital will open on April 18, 2017. All inpatients at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital and Mental Health Services will be transferred to Providence Care Hospital on April 23, 2017.
Q: When will the current hospitals close?
Following the transfer of all patients, clients and services to the new site on April 23, 2017, the current hospital sites for St. Mary’s of the Lake and Mental Health services will close.
Q. What will happen to the existing buildings?
Once the move is completed the existing Mental Health Services building will be will be torn down and re-landscaped.
The St. Mary’s of the Lake site will remain in operation until the move to the new building when it will revert to the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul who own the property.
Q. What are the plans for the rest of the King Street West property?
The Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (formerly Infrastructure Ontario and the Ontario Realty Corporation) is in the process of completing a Master Plan study for the land at King St. West, referred to as the Kingston Provincial Campus. For more information on this process, visit: www.infrastructureontario.ca
Q. What services will be provided in the new hospital? How many beds will there be for each program? Have you considered future population needs?
Providence Care Hospital will provide complex continuing care, end-of-life/palliative care, specialized geriatrics, rehabilitation and specialized mental health (adult treatment and rehabilitation, geriatric psychiatry and forensic psychiatry).
There will be nine inpatient units in the new hospital (270 beds in total). Each unit will be divided into 10-bed clusters, and each cluster will have its own space for dining, recreation and therapy activities.
- Complex Continuing Care (includes palliative and specialized geriatrics) – 100
- Rehabilitation – 50
- Specialized Mental Health – 120
Part of the Master Program/Master Plan process has been to consider the needs of our region over both the short and long term. These numbers have been developed with those considerations in mind, and by using a formula that takes into account demographics and other population-related statistics.
Q. Is parking free?
The cost to build and maintain parking areas at hospitals is not covered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and therefore there will be a fee to park at the new facility. This is consistent with other hospitals and public buildings in Kingston. We are also hoping to work with the City to integrate municipal bus service to the site.
Q. Are there single patient rooms?
All patient/client rooms at Providence Care Hospital are private. Each patient room will be equipped with a patient lift and be fully wheelchair accessible.
Q. Is there be large space indoors and outdoors for hospital-wide recreation programs?
Providence Care Hospital includes a large lecture/event space, as well as a cafeteria with an outdoor eating area. Each inpatient unit will have direct access to the outdoors through a terrace.
Q. Is there be space for family and friends to visit at the new hospital?
The patient-centred approach that drives our planning recognizes the importance of family and friends in the care team. Each inpatient unit has planned areas that allow for family and friends to visit comfortably, and single-patient rooms provide a quiet environment in which to visit.
Q. Is Providence Care Hospital air-conditioned?
Yes, the new hospital will have air-conditioned throughout, to ensure the comfort of patients, clients, visitors, staff and volunteers.
Q. Where are the different programs, services and departments located?
Services such as Volunteer Services, the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, various education or multipurpose spaces, and retail space will be located near the main entrance. Outpatient clinics, the Day Hospital and other clinical areas are also be located closer to the main entrance, so that they’re more accessible to patients and clients who are only at the hospital for a short period of time.
Inpatient clinical areas are be located farther away from the main entrance, to provide increased privacy for patients and clients. Inpatient dining areas, living space and treatment areas will be located on the units.
Other spaces, such as the cafeteria, the pool, and administration, will be located so that they are accessible both for public and inpatient populations.
Q. What “green” or “environmentally-friendly” technology will be incorporated into the new hospital?
One of the key planning principles in designing Providence Care Hospital is to be environmentally responsible. That means that we are considering everything from the overall footprint of the facility and the energy it will require to operate, to the types of materials that will be used to build it. At this stage in the planning, we have made the commitment that the new hospital will meet a “LEED Silver” standard. Specific design elements will be determined as the planning continues. For more information on this element, visit our Environmental and Landscaping Initiatives page.