I was pleased to rise in the house to honour the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and its 30th anniversary today.
In 1975, the Liberal government of Premier Alexander Campbell announced in their Speech from the Throne the construction of a new general hospital to replace the Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island hospitals.
The projected cost was estimated at $12 million.
Not long after, an announcement was made that a construction management contract was awarded to Fuller Construction Limited of Ottawa.
A further contract for land clearing and site preparation was awarded to Square-K Construction of Charlottetown.
The then 351-bed Queen Elizabeth Hospital opened April 25, 1982 dedicated to improving the health of Islanders by providing leadership in acute care and specialized services.
The QEH serves as the provincial referral centre for specialized hospital services. The hospital is a multi-service acute care facility that provides community services and specialized provincial services and supports both in-patient and outpatient care.
Throughout the years, the QEH has modernized to better meet the needs of Islanders.
In the past few years, major updates to the QEH have included:
- recent expansion of the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre in fall of 2009
- installation of two new digital mammography units in 2010
- new Emergency Department in 2010
- creation of a Provincial Acute Stroke Unit, Provincial Stroke Rehabilitiation Unit
- and the opening of the Same Day Treatment Unit July 2011
Further work will include:
- Provincial Renal Clinic and new Hemodialysis Unit co-located in QEH Ambulatory Care set to open later this spring
- Construction of Ambulatory Care, expected to open this summer
- Day Surgey, Pre-Surgery, Same Day Admit, PACU and Opthalmology Suite expected completion in late 2013
I would like to thank all our hard working and dedicated staff at the QEH, the QEH Foundation and its members and Health PEI for their leadership. All three groups are helping to improve the quality of life for all Islanders.