Modernising the short-stay building of Apt Hospital
An important project in which you have a role to play
Apt Hospital is undertaking modernisation of the short-stay building (medical care, surgery, pre- et post- natal care). The project seeks to totally reorganise its different departments and functions to create a place where patients are welcomed, and looked after to a high professional standard, to make the Hospital more convenient for families to visit and give staff quality care facilities. These improvements should make the Hospital more human, and provide patients with greatly improved conditions.
The completed and re-designed building will have 44 rooms : 28 single, 14 double, all offering a much higher level of comfort, There will also be 2 rooms for out-patient treatment.
This modernisation is centred on the well-being of patients so that recovery is quick. It is a known fact that good conditions in a hospital (how one’s day is spent, comfort, communication and contact with staff) have a direct impact on healing and recovery. The changes will also be a big plus for the staff.
- This modernisation is centred on the well-being of patients so that recovery is quick. It is a known fact that good conditions in a hospital (how one’s day is spent, comfort, communication and contact with staff) have a direct impact on healing and recovery. The changes will also be a big plus for the staff.
This is how your contributions will be spent :
These are the changes and equipment additions which the Fund has pledged to support
The project in which the Hospital is engaging will also provide staff with facilities that will improve performance in reception, care and logistics as well as allowing more efficient office space.
The re-furbishment project also covers :
- complete renovation of all cabling and wiring
- upgraded fire safety measures
- state-of-the-art lifts and handicapped access.
Respect for the environment will be reflected in
- exterior insulation of the buildings
- materials used
- renewal of the solar panels
I have been employed at Apt Hospital for 10 years, after working in other hospitals in France and overseas. I remember how I felt on arrival : landing in a small place, yet one that has nothing to envy in bigger establishments. The staff are high quality, the rules of hygiene and patient care are understood and applied by all; it’s a hospital on a human scale, close to its patients and to the population of Apt and its surroundings. During my 10 years in the Hospital, it has always been forward-looking.
We want to keep the human focus of our Hospital and through this visionary project we are making a conscious choice not simply to follow the future but rather to take charge and make something of it (Henri Bergson).
Anne FARISSIER, manager in the Day Care Department
The rebuilding project, in the way it was explained by the architects, will provide patients with significant benefits. Many more single rooms will be equipped with upgraded bathroom and toilet facilities, adapted for people with reduced mobility. The contemporary design of the rooms, will provide patients with a tablet-based connection for telephone and access to the media. Staff will also use them to obtain on-the-spot information about the patient. The project has a thirty-year horizon and is ground-breaking in its focus on all-round patient comfort and care.
Christine CROUVEZIER, manager in the Medical-Surgical Unit
Budget and financing
The full cost of the project is 6.6 million euros, 5.9 million of which are reserved for the building, leaving 700,000 euros for equipment.
Apt Hospital is contributing 4 million euro.
The Hospital will fund 4 millions euros; the government is providing 1 million euros and the Communauté de Communes du Pays d’Apt-Luberon, 600,000 euros, representing 1.6 million euros in guaranteed public grants to date. The remaining will be raised, it is hoped via the efforts of the fund raising organisation ‘For Apt and its region, a Hospital of the Future’.
The “Communauté de Communes du Pays d’Apt-Luberon” has decided to support the hospital project for several important reasons :
- It is clearly the centre for health care in the Luberon serving the 25 communes covered by the “Communauté de Communes du Pays d’Apt-Luberon”.
- The area’s geography is unusual : a long, isolated valley between two small mountain ranges (Luberon to the South, Vaucluse to the North), some distance from other towns, with infrequent or no public transport in most villages.
- A central town where incomes are low and many people do not have cars. The short-stay building dates from the 1980s with rooms that do not provide a modern-day level of comfort.It’s for these reasons that the “Communauté de Communes du Pays d’Apt-Luberon” has agreed to a 600 000 euros contribution, a big commitment in line with expected return on investment for the region.
Gilles RIPERT, President of the Communauté de Communes
du Pays d’Apt-Luberon