Architecture49 has been selected by Nova Scotia to design state-of-the-art operating rooms and interventional suites at the Halifax Infirmary, part of the QEII Health Sciences Centre.
“Nova Scotia is taking the lead in providing specialized operating rooms in eastern Canada,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness, in a press release. “We are excited to enhance our surgical and interventional services which will benefit patient care.”
The Halifax branch of Architecture49 is the health-care specialist for the firm. It is working in partnership with Cannon Design, an international firm with experience in current hospital design, including recent projects at New York State’s Stony Brook University Medical Center and the Gates Vascular Institute.
Architecture49 will design the renovations to the third floor of the Halifax Infirmary. These changes would allow two interventional suites to be moved from the fifth floor. Interventional suites provide various healthcare services, including treatment for acute stroke patients. These changes will improve patient care and efficiency for patients undergoing minimally-invasive procedures, causing them to recover more quickly and require shorter hospital stays.
The hospital’s fifth-floor space will be renovated to incorporate two new operating rooms. One will be considered a hybrid operating room and will also house specialized equipment and features that will allow the use of advanced diagnostic imaging equipment. The renovations are expected to be completed in late 2020.
The QEII Foundation will be working with the Nova Scotia Health Authority on the redevelopment project, which includes the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary, as well as improvements to Dartmouth General Hospital, the Hants Community Hospital and other sites that will support the eventual closure of the Centennial and Victoria buildings in Halifax.
“The QEII Foundation exists for a singular purpose – to advance health care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre,” said Bill Bean, president and CEO of the QEII Foundation. “By working with our community of donors, the Foundation looks forward to being part of bringing new, state-of-the-art technologies to the QEII that will change lives and save lives.”