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Cooling system replaced at St. Joseph's Hospital of Estevan

Patients, residents, staff and visitors at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan will enjoy the security of a new cooling system when the hot weather hits next year.

The $880,000 project has been completed under budget and on schedule.

The Ministry of Health funded the project. The project, jointly managed by St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan and Sun Country Health Region, accepted bids from three companies earlier this year for purchase and replacement of two new chillers and a cooling tower.

The cooling tower was awarded to H.V.A.C. Sales as the successful tender. The chiller acquisition was awarded to H.V.A.C. Sales and the chiller installation was awarded to Walter’s Industrial Mechanical.

“We are very pleased that the work has been completed on time and under budget,” says John Knoch, Vice President Corporate and Financial Services, Sun Country Health Region.

“Not to proceed would have meant that St. Joseph’s may have encountered a lack of air conditioning over the summer if the second chiller had failed. Service to patients in the 53 acute care wing and the 38 Long-Term Care wing, staff and visitors, as well as the operating rooms and central sterilization areas that require specific temperature/humidity controls, would all have been impacted. The Region could not allow that to occur,” he said.

“We need a reliable cooling system at St. Joseph’s.”

“We are very pleased with the entire project” says Greg Hoffort, Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Hospital, “Staging the replacement of the old system, during the summer months proved challenging, however credit goes to the contractors and local maintenance staff for completing this important project, with little inconvenience to patients and staff.” 

Posted Dec. 22. 

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