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Cambridge Memorial Hospital opens long-awaited patient care wing

After more than three years of delays, Cambridge Memorial Hospital is opening its new patient care wing. Here's a look inside.

Public can check out the new space on Saturday and wing opens to patients Jan. 18

The number of intensive care unit beds will increase from 8 to 12 with the new patient care wing. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)

After more than three years of delays, Cambridge Memorial Hospital is opening its new patient care wing.

The community will get a chance to look at the new facilities on Saturday from 12 p.m to 5 p.m. The wing will open to patients on Saturday, Jan. 18.

The emergency room, intensive care unit, birthing unit and mental health programs will be based out of the new area of the hospital. The $65-million dollar wing is more than 240,000 square feet.

Construction began in 2014, with an initial opening date of November 2016. The hospital's CEO Patrick Gaskin said the delays were because subcontractors working on the project stopped showing up at the site. The hospital ended up terminating the contract.

The second phase of the hospital redevelopment on the Wing B patient care facility hasn't started yet and there's no timeline on completion, Gaskin said.

After its complete, Gaskin says the number of beds will increase by 52. For now, the new wing increases the number of ICU beds from eight to 12.

Operating rooms will move to the new wing in the spring, but operating rooms for the birthing unit are already in place. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)
This is the model of the hospital refurbishment. Construction began in 2014, but construction on part two hasn't started yet. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)
Patients and their families can use this kitchen if they'd like to warm or store food. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)
One of the physician's and nurse's stations throughout the new wing. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)
Ambulances will park in an enclosure in the new wing. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)
In an interview on CBC's The Morning Edition, hospital CEO Patrick Gaskin says they won't be using the same contractor for the second part of the hospital redevelopment. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)
The new wing is more than 240,000 square feet and includes the ER, ICU, birthing unit and mental health programs. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)

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