Above photo: Our demolition crew (l to r): Irena Tabachnicov, MDRD; Barbara Faugno, OR nurse clinician; Tom Boelhower, IT; Alex Sayer, biomed technologist; Jennifer King, PCC nurse; Eugene Maguire, OR tech; and Patsy Lanigan, OR head nurse.
With a swing of sledgehammers, staff and physicians celebrate the start of demolition to make way for expanding the Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Surgical Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. Our
new perioperative suite will open in 2021.
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The team of seven kicked off demolition on the third floor of Jim Pattison Pavilion North, where the new perioperative suite will be built at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH).
“I'm excited about the future," said Eugene Maguire, OR technician and demolition crew member. During his 32 years at VGH, Eugene has seen a lot of change. “The city is growing and the hospital needs to grow with it; the plans for our new suite are very exciting for the hospital and for the city."
Alex Sayer, biomedical technologist, agrees. “I'm very much looking forward to working in the new suite and to the expansiveness of having an entire second floor as an addition," said the first-time drywall demolisher.
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More than 150 physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and other staff have participated in exercises and meetings to shape the future of surgery at VGH. Patients and family representatives from the VCH Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN) have contributed to design plans too.
With demolition now underway, the new suite is on schedule to open in January 2021.
“It's really amazing that after 32 years when we started in JP OR in 1986 that we're starting a whole new project and really thinking into the future," said Patsy Lanigan, OR head nurse with sledgehammer in hand. “Maybe in another 32 years I can come back and do it all over again," she added with a laugh. “It was fun!"