Major changes underway at Stanton Territorial Hospital

Major changes underway at Stanton Territorial Hospital
A new CEO is set to take the helm at Stanton Territorial Hospital.Photo: Jack Danylchuk.

A new CEO is set to take the helm at Stanton Territorial Hospital just as renovations on the building and the territory’s health care system are set to get underway.

Sue Cullen, assistant deputy minister of operations for the NWT department of Health and Social Services, was named interim chief executive officer for the territorial hospital on Aug. 25. Cullen will hold the position from Sept. 10 to Mar. 31, 2016.

“I am excited by the opportunity to move back into health and social services operations and support developing the key role that Stanton will place in the new integrated system,” Cullen said.

Before working with the GNWT, Cullen took on the position of interim CEO for the Beaufort Delta Health and Social Services Authority in 2012. Prior to that, she was named CEO with the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, starting in 2010.

Cullen’s career has also taken her around the world. A registered nurse by trade, she has held senior-level positions with international healthcare provider Extendicare in Markham, Ont., Minneapolis, Minn., and the U.K., and has overseen capital projects in Alberta and Ontario as part of a team that executed a Ministry of Health request for proposals for long-term care beds in both provinces.

“I am pleased Ms. Cullen has agreed to take on the challenge of leading the Stanton team through system transformation,” said Joe Handley, public administrator of the Stanton Territorial Health Authority. “As we prepare for integration of existing Health and Social Services authorities into a new NWT Health and Social Services Authority structure, we need stable leadership and someone who can bring first-hand knowledge of how different components of the NWT Health and Social Services system need to work together.”

Proponent named for hospital renovations

Earlier in the week, Finance Minister Michael Miltenberger announced the GNWT had selected its preferred proponent for the hospital’s upcoming five-year renewal project.

Boreal Health Partnership (BHP) consists of partners from international groups Carillion Canada, Hochtief and Bird Capital as equity providers. Bird Construction, Clark Builders Ltd. and Kasian Architects will collaborate as the project’s design-builders and Carillion Canada Inc. will act as service provider.

As the partners and the GNWT work to finalize a project agreement, preparatory work will get underway to allow for construction to commence later this fall.

The new hospital will have a floor area of over 280,000 square-feet with both outpatient and inpatient services, including emergency, medical imaging, dialysis, obstetrics, pediatric, cardio and mental health departments. Day procedure and surgery suites will also be included in the design.

The new design offers several improvements to Stanton. All inpatient beds will be replaced with single inpatient rooms. A new and larger emergency area will be established. A bigger medical laboratory will be developed, with additional space for diagnostic imaging. Finally, new technology to allow for enhanced video conferencing technology will provide improved medical support to those in the communities.

“This is a major step in providing the benefits of a state-of-the-art hospital to residents of the Northwest Territories,” Miltenberger said. “Stanton has been in service since 1988. The facility is aging and is due for a major renewal.”

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