Hospital renovations aimed at attracting and keeping physicians on the South Shore

Renovations to support recruitment and retention of physicians on the South Shore will begin this summer at South Shore Regional and Queens General hospitals. 

Upgrades at South Shore Regional Hospital include the addition of three duty rooms (for a total of four), new furniture and an updated kitchenette and lounge area for on-call staff. 

At Queens General Hospital, the third-floor meeting and training room will be converted into a duty area and lounge with three private rooms a kitchenette and laundry. 

“We are proud of our hospital and the care providers who work there and want to ensure they have a safe, comfortable place when they need to rest,” said Al Doucet, chair of the Queens General Hospital Foundation. “This will be a multipurpose, flexible space that will support our care teams as well the large number of visiting specialists, residents, learners and locums who support our community and make Queens General Hospital an even greater place to work.”

Both projects will bring each space up to current infection prevention and control standards, and improve air quality, safety, and security. They will serve as a safe, secure, quiet and private space where learners and staff can study, complete charting and electronic documentation and participate in group learning.

In addition to creating a safe, comfortable space for extended stay on-call and visiting staff and physicians, these renovations will improve the learning environment for Dalhousie medical students participating in the new Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Dalhousie (LIC) program. 

Designed to introduce future doctors to rural Nova Scotia community practices, five Dalhousie University medical school students will spend their entire third year on the South Shore, receiving hands-on training under the supervision of local doctors in Bridgewater, Liverpool and Lunenburg. 

During their 46-week clerkship, they will work with several specialties and health care providers in the community.

“The LIC program is a great addition to the South Shore and we’re so excited to be part of it,” said Alison Reynolds, president of the South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary. “This project will support our health care providers and the hospital, as well as benefit the entire community.”

The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore and South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary are splitting the cost of the $350,000 project at that hospital, while the Queens General Hospital Foundation is funding the approximately $520,000 project in Liverpool.

“The Health Services Foundation board and staff are very proud to support Dalhousie’s South Shore LIC Program through the construction of these sleep rooms,” said Eric Whynot, chair of the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore’s board of directors. “We understand the need for these future physicians to have secure and updated sleep rooms while they work to serve our community.” 

Of the foundation’s funding commitment to this project, $50,000 comes from the generous donation of Jim and Carolyn Evans, who are committed to enhancing physician recruitment efforts in Lunenburg County over the next five years.

Both projects are expected to take three to four months to complete.

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