St. Mary’s General Hospital is recognized as a Centre for Excellence in Respiratory and Thoracic care.
The Chest Unit opened in 2004 in response to a community need for specialized respiratory care and services. The 27-bed Unit located on the 6th floor provides efficient, high quality care to medical, surgical and palliative inpatients with respiratory illness.
The Chest Unit offers:
- A 4-bed intermediate care area for post operative and/or acutely ill patients with more intensive patient monitoring and clinical interventions not readily available in a general hospital setting. Cardiac monitoring, as well as invasive and non invasive mechanical ventilation outside of a critical care setting, are also available.
- 3 negative pressure isolation rooms for patients with airborne respiratory illnesses such as tuberculosis and influenza.
- Care by a dedicated group of specialists in respiratory disease, including. 8 Respirologists, 2 Thoracic Surgeons, and 3 Nurse Practitioners. Patients also have access to Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietitians, Pharmacist, Spiritual Care, Social Workers, Community Care Access Case Managers (CCAC), Respiratory Therapists, Speech Language Pathologist, and Registered Nursing staff.
- Once acute medical treatment is complete, the health care team will work with patients and their families with the preferred goal of returning the patient safely to home with the appropriate supports. The team firmly believes that life changing decisions are better made at home, rather than in hospital during a time of crisis.
Physicians are invited to complete the following processes in order to access specialized Respiratory Services for their patients.
Referral to a Respirologist
- Urgent consultation (same day) with suspected admission
Direct patient to St. Mary’s General Hospital Emergency Department
St. Mary’s General Hospital is supported by 24/7 Respirologist on-call
- Patient transfer to SMGH’s Chest Unit from a referring acute care hospital
Call Chest Unit: 519 749 6460 for Respirologist on-call
- Semi-urgent or elective
Call Respirologist directly or fax referral to their respective offices.
Thoracic Surgeons Serving St. Mary’s
Dr. Matthew Kilmurry
Dr. Paul Sharkey
Dr. Paul Chiasson
For more information related to Hospital Respiratory services contact
Kim Siegel, Program Director
Cardiac and Chest Programs
519-749 6578 ext. 1902
Sarah Grin, Program Manager
519-749-6578 ext. 1933
Danny Veniott, Operational Lead, reporting to Program Manager Chest Program
Airway Clinic and Respiratory Therapy Operations
519-749-6578 ext. 1557