Health Sciences Center Children’s Hospital is getting a critical upgrade thanks to a multimillion-dollar investment by the federal and provincial governments.
The hospital will receive a combined $3.76 million to upgrade its monitoring system.
Jim Carr, MP for Winnipeg South Centre, made the announcement with Manitoba Health Minister Audrey Gordon at the hospital Friday.
Carr said the funding will allow the purchase of up to 20 monitors and central stations, and upgrades to several inpatient monitors.
This will result in up to 26 inpatient monitor beds that will support care on three floors.
“Modern integrated remote monitoring will enable health-care providers to communicate through voice-activated systems and receive immediate notification of any vital sign monitor alarms,” the MP said.
The federal government is investing $3 million, Carr said, through Infrastructure Canada, and Gordon announced the province is investing $760,000.
Gordon said the investment will allow vital sign monitoring to be automated, eliminating the need for staff to enter it manually into a patient’s charts.
Reg Helwer, Manitoba labor, consumer protection and government services minister and MLA for Brandon West, said the funding will help sick and critically injured children in Manitoba, northwestern Ontario, and Nunavut.
“With this upgrade, the talented members of the team here at Children’s Hospital, will give better care to kids who cannot be treated anywhere else across our region,” Helwer said.
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