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South Shore Regional Hospital Receives Funding for Additional Patient Beds

By Evan Taylor Jun 2, 2023 | 2:07 PM

The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, in collaboration with Nova Scotia Health, announced the allocation of funds for the procurement of eight new patient beds at South Shore Regional Hospital. These beds will serve to support the hospital’s overflow patient needs.

The funding of $100,000 for these additional beds is part of the Brighter Days capital campaign, which unveiled its goal increase in 2022. The campaign’s volunteer fundraisers consider the acquisition of these beds as one of their most gratifying accomplishments.

David Himmelman, Co-Chair of the Brighter Days Campaign, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “For an 89-bed hospital, this is a big deal. This is a great example of what can happen when health care foundations and Nova Scotia Health work together to find solutions.”

Eric Whynot, both a Director of the Health Services Foundation and a former patient, shared his personal experience, having spent a week in the Emergency Department at South Shore Regional while awaiting a medical test in Halifax. Typically, patients in Eric’s situation would be admitted to the hospital’s medical floor, but due to the lack of available beds, this was not possible. Understanding the challenges faced by patients in similar circumstances, Eric is delighted that the new beds will allow individuals to move out of the often-stressful environment of the Emergency Department.

During his stay, Eric described the difficulties of trying to rest in the bustling Emergency Department, stating, “While during the day you have visitors to keep you company, the nights are challenging while you’re trying to recover. It’s hard to sleep, there’s constantly people coming and going, and various equipment sounds. I also felt bad I was taking up a bed in the Emergency Department as there were people coming in probably sicker than I. These new beds will come as a relief to medical staff and patients in need.”

Alyson Lamb, Executive Director Health Services at Nova Scotia Health, expressed gratitude for the Health Services Foundation’s support, emphasizing the pivotal role they play in providing necessary tools and equipment to deliver quality care. Lamb highlighted that the additional beds would facilitate the safe movement of patients through the facility, ensuring they receive appropriate care in suitable spaces. She also acknowledged that the provision of additional beds necessitates appropriate staffing and resources, areas that have consistently benefited from the Foundation’s support.

The Brighter Days Capital Campaign represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance healthcare facilities for the residents of Nova Scotia’s South Shore. The hospital’s expansion and redevelopment, covering an area of 48,705 sq. ft., is anticipated to be completed in stages between 2025 and 2027.


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