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Merging two orthopedic inpatient units into one with St. Michael’s 3.0

Toronto, May 12, 2014

By Bao Xiong

a future orthopedic inpatient room
A rendering of what a future orthopedic inpatient room in St. Michael’s 3.0 could look like.

The new patient care tower means even more to the Orthopedic Inpatient Unit than new and better space for patients, family and staff. It will allow the unit—now divided between 4 Bond and 9 Cardinal Carter—to reunite.

The unit will have 16 beds on the ninth floor of the new tower adjacent to the remainder of the unit in Cardinal Carter.

“This project will make our job easier by keeping everything in one centralized area, where we don’t have to go back and forth between floors,” said Valerie Audette, clinical leader manager.

Many of the design features throughout the new tower will especially benefit orthopedics patients recovering from hip, knee, spine, shoulder and ankle operations.

Many of the patients are older or use mobility devices such as wheelchairs and walkers. Audette said the larger patient rooms, wider hallways and fully accessible washrooms will be much easier for them to navigate. Bigger storage areas will mean less clutter in the hallways, also making it easier for patients (and staff) to get around the unit.

“Once the tower is completed, the larger space will allow everyone to move more freely without fear of risking injury or harm,” said Audette.

Having the unit all in one place also means they can eliminate some duplication. Currently, both floors have their own exercise rooms and a full complement of equipment.

Did You Know?

The new orthopedic inpatient unit will be located on the southwest corner of the hospital to take maximum advantage of natural light—an evidence-based design that helps patients heal.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.