A Burlington hospital is building a temporary Pandemic Response Unit to expand its bed capacity in preparation for a surge of COVID-19 patients.
According to the Joseph Brant Hospital, the modular structure is being built on the hospital grounds and will provide 93 additional beds for patients who require hospitalization and treatment for the coronavirus.
“The Pandemic Response Unit is being built as a critical part of our pandemic response plan to meet the heightened care needs of our community and ultimately save lives,” Eric Vandewall, president and CEO of Joseph Brant Hospital, said.
“We are doing everything we can to care for the people of Burlington to prepare for these unprecedented times.”
The Pandemic Response Unit is a collaboration between Joseph Brant Hospital, community-based health care providers, the City of Burlington, and Halton Region.
Dr. Ian Preyra, chief of staff for Joseph Brant Hospital, said that the new unit will allow the hospital to preserve its critical care and high acuity patients beds for their sickest patients.
The federal government has provided an extra $500 million to provinces to support the pro health care system, according to Karina Gould, Member of Parliament for Burlington.
Construction on the new Pandemic Response Unit (PRU) is underway. This modular structure is being built on the hospital grounds and will provide 93 additional beds for patients who require hospitalization and treatment for COVID-19. https://t.co/qdpDfSDjxq #BurlON #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/OvivGEXldi
— Joseph Brant Hospital (@Jo_Brant) April 1, 2020
Halton Region Chair Gary Carr said the plan for the new Pandemic Response Unit is critical to ensure we have the right resources in place.
“This is a difficult time for everyone as we fight this ‘invisible threat’ and I applaud the leadership at Joseph Brant Hospital and all community partners who are working together to support our healthcare workers,” said Carr. “It is also important at this time for everyone in our community to practice physical distancing to reduce the burden on our hospital resources.”
The hospital said it is currently hiring additional clinical staff for the new unit.
As of Tuesday, there were 1,966 cases in Ontario, and 33 deaths.