Government announces funding for Dartmouth General Hospital expansion

Friday, December 16, 2011 - 1:23pm

Todd Howlett, site chief at Dartmouth General Hospital, and Heather Francis, health service director at DGH, sent the following message to Capital Health staff on Dec. 16, 2011.

Today is a  very important day in the history of the Dartmouth General Hospital (DGH). Minister Marilyn More, on behalf of the Department of Health and Wellness, joined Chris Power in the vacant fifth floor to announce the funding for detailed functional planning and preliminary design of the expansion of the Dartmouth General Hospital.

"Heather and I are privileged to work with a very committed team of health care professionals and support staff at the DGH. Recently, in a very overcrowded facility, we have struggled to provide the quality of care our patients deserve and expect. During such times we have been grateful to receive assistance from other facilities within the district."

The functional planning and preliminary design, to be completed by late summer 2012, will include plans for the completion of the fifth floor to accommodate up to 51 inpatient beds, and the addition of two operating rooms.  As part of the district’s plan to move some services from the Centennial building, the expansion the Dartmouth General Hospital will help balance care within the district. With the expansion we hope we will be able to create some capacity at the DGH and will be able to provide more services to patients closer to home.  

This is the first step of a process to change how we deliver care within the district. We look forward to working with everyone to create a new vision where the DGH plays a larger role within Capital Health.

There will be staff information sessions in the New Year to provide an opportunity to learn more about the changes. In the meantime, if you have questions about today’s Dartmouth General announcement, please email one of us.

Todd Howlett                                                    Heather Francis

Site Chief of Staff                                             Health Service Director