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Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Emergency Department

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Emergency Department Drawing

Let our staff take you on a virtual tour of the new Emergency Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is the busiest Emergency Department on Vancouver Island, treating more than 53,000 patients each year in a space that was intended for about 15,000 patients.

This expansion will nearly triple the size of the existing space to improve patient care. The design features dedicated stretcher bays, space dedicated to mental health and additions services, a dedicated x-ray room, natural light in all patient and staff areas and better infection control - thanks to isolation rooms and decontamination space.

The space is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification as part of our commitment to a greener and more sustainable future.

The $36.9-million project is cost-shared between the Ministry of Health, VIHA and the Regional Hospital District of Nanaimo, with a $4-million pledge from the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

NRGH Art Contest - artist Zoe Brown

Art Contest

Our new Emergency Department at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital needed some art on the walls to help visitors feel welcome. We invited people from the community to submit their artwork for permanent display and got a wonderful response. THANK YOU to everyone who submitted artwork. It helps makes the new ED a warm and welcoming place.

Minister McDiarmid opens NRGH ED

Official Opening

Health Minister Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid today officially opened the new and expanded $36.9-million Emergency Wing at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital that will ensure excellent emergency services continue to serve the rapidly growing Central Island region.

The 3,082 square-metre expansion triples the size of the existing emergency department and includes psychiatric emergency services and a psychiatric intensive care unit.

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Emergency Department Podium Guests1

Construction Kick-off Event

At the October 26, 2010 Construction Kick-off event, Premier Gordon Campbell (right) was joined at the podium by Nanaimo-Parksville MLA Ron Cantelon (left) and Regional Hospital District of Nanaimo Chair Joe Stanhope.

Podium Guests at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Emergency Department Construction Kickoff

Podium guests also included Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation Board Chair Leslie Sundby (left); NRGH Emergency Department Chief Dr. Drew Digney (middle) and recently outgoing VIHA Board Chair Jac Kreut (right).

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Emergency Department Construction Team

NRGH’s Project Manager Jim Morris (right) is joined by Gord Carlson, President and Owner of the Carlson Group of Companies (left); Mark Swain, Mechanical Consultant with Stantec and Pieter Wansink, Design Architect and Primary Consultant with Stantec.

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital site at Construction Kickoff

The very large hole on the day of the Construction Kick-off Event, October 26, 2010.