Montreal, February 4, 2014 – To celebrate the opening of the first phase of the Pavilion K construction project the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) held a press conference and ceremonial ribbon-cutting this morning in its new Emergency Department. On hand to participate in the celebration was the Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Réjean Hébert, who was joined by JGH President Rick Dubrovsky, JGH Executive Director Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg and JGH Chief of Emergency Services, Dr. Marc Afilalo in giving a preview of the new Emergency Department and how it will help address patient flow issues.

“The JGH recognizes the importance of doing whatever is necessary to tackle the challenge of patient volumes and is dedicated to providing patients with high-quality Emergency care,” says Dr. Rosenberg. “We are very pleased to be working with the government and with local and provincial partners to strengthen Quebec’s healthcare system, to the benefit of all.”

Pavilion K’s first phase features an 82,000 square foot emergency department that will incorporate measures that have been designed to move patients more quickly and efficiently through and out of the department. The sophisticated infrastructure will also help the JGH implement best practices in emergency care and introduce innovations that will help raise the standards of quality and performance in emergency services across Quebec.

“We are very excited about the way patients will be treated here in the coming months and years – with greater speed, safety, efficiency, and respect for their privacy and their emotional well-being,” says Mr. Dubrovsky. “We have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the patients who need us now and to help the many thousands who will turn to the JGH for years to come.”

As Phase 1 of the Pavilion K project is launched, the construction of Phase 2 and Phase 3 is well under way. Once entirely completed, Pavilion K will focus on patients requiring emergency treatment, surgery, or intensive, coronary, or neonatal intensive care. These services will be delivered in facilities that minimize the spread of infection and bolster efficiency, all the while preserving patients’ privacy, dignity and safety.

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