Yukon hospitals created a long-term vision for Whitehorse General Hospital to ensure we can sustain our ability to provide safe and excellent care. As part of this plan, WGH expansion will enable us to improve care within a modern, efficient and patient-centered environment – now and into the future.
The conceptual design (pictured above) of the next phase of expansion – the two-storey wing that will include a new emergency department and shelled second-floor space for future use – was unveiled in June 2015. We looked at design standards for Canadian health care facilities, the Yukon’s unique health needs as well as how we deliver hospital care. Our patient care and operations teams along with our design-build partners are working to complete the final design that creates the best environment to meet these needs:
- Patient and family centered care
- Healing environment
- Leading practice
- Evidence-based design
- Operational efficiency
- Openness and accessibility
- Adaptability, flexibility and expandability
- Efficient use of resources
- Seamless operational and physical connection to surrounding area
- Yukon’s diversity, traditions and culture
The conceptual design (or artist rendering) is subject to change and meant to illustrate what expansion will look like in terms of size and location. The final design/development phase will be completed by spring 2016.
The hospital site plan
The illustration below shows the location of the new two-storey wing (emergency department and second-floor inpatient area) on the northeast side of the existing building and relocated ambulance station next to Crocus Ridge along with overall changes to the hospital site, including new patient/visitor parking and reconfigured roadways.
The conceptual design
Aerial view illustrates the size and location of the new hospital wing in relation to the existing building.
Exterior view illustrates the entrance to the new emergency department.
Interior view illustrates the main lobby/waiting area for the new emergency department.
An initial floor plan for the new emergency department, highlighting the patient treatment areas in green, staff areas in pink, facility rooms (housekeeping, medical supplies, vending and washrooms) in blue/gold and relocated medical imaging (CT scanner and X-ray) in purple. The proposed design will significantly improve care with enhanced patient flow and safety. Trauma areas are located adjacent to the ambulance bay. Treatment areas and family rooms offer more comfort and privacy. Nursing stations are placed through the centre of the department, allowing staff to be positioned based on volume/need while maintaining good line of sight with patients. Security, triage, admitting and waiting area will be co-located near the entrance (pictured at the bottom right hand area of the photo).