Construction of the multimillion-dollar Critical Care Block at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) is on budget but has fallen behind schedule, with officials now estimating the state-of-the-art facility will not be turned over to the government until October.
Earlier this year, officials said work at the facility would be completed by the end of July. However, Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) Managing Director Herbert Brown said yesterday weather conditions and the wait time for the construction of medical equipment for the facility have contributed to the delay.
So far 95 percent of the work at the site is done.
In total the work will cost the government nearly $100 million.
The budget for the construction is $55 million and the equipment that will outfit the facility costs more that $45 million, Brown said, adding that the investment will be worth it.
So far the contractor, Cavalier Construction, has spent $51 million.
Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez, who toured the facility along with Prime Minister Perry Christie and other Progressive Liberal Party members of Parliament yesterday, called it a first-class facility.
“It’s going to offer the opportunity of the employees of the institution to really become first class in a first-class institution,” he said following the hour-long tour.
The project began November 2011. Upon completion, the 75,000-square-foot multi-story expansion unit will include six surgical suites with state-of-the-art equipment.
It will also house a new central sterile department; 18 recovery beds; 20 private ICU (Intensive Care Unit) rooms; 48 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) beds; new laboratory facilities; upgraded administrative facilities; and a new main entry into the facility that is accessible to the disabled.
And while the new unit is expected to enhance the delivery of healthcare in the country, Gomez said he is concerned the facility will not sufficiently meet demands in some areas.
Gomez said more than 20 beds are needed in the ICU. As it relates to the unit in general, however, he added that it will be a “wonderful facility”.
Christie said he is pleased with the work Cavalier Construction has done so far.
From: The Nassau Guardian 08-13-13