Bordeaux: the CHU unveils its vast modernization and construction program

During his speech, by videoconference, Olivier Véran noticed that the Bordeaux University Hospital was in a “rather paradoxical” situation. While it is, from a medical point of view, “one of the jewels of French university hospitals”, it is “penultimate in terms of the dilapidation of buildings”, he observed, citing as an example the presence “of a shower for 25 beds “in some buildings of the 1970s.

“You manage to transform the lead, that is to say the building, into gold,” he told the CHU team who participated in the videoconference, congratulating them.

Announcing that State aid will amount to € 240 million, he specified that the total amount of investment expenditure planned by the CHU over 10 years amounted to € 1.2 billion (including current investments ) including € 800 million for the “new CHU” project.

The work program that will be carried out will concern the sites of the CHU, which are located in Bordeaux, Pessac as well as in Lormont (Ehpad), detailed the director general of the CHU Yann BUBIEN, during this same videoconference.

It will consist of building 90,000 m² and restructuring just as much, indicates the CHU in a press kit.

“This is not a project that patched up on the right or on the left, it is a large-scale project that will be able to launch the CHU in future projects, in connection with the city and all the other partners in the region and in a role of CHU of a large region “, underlined the director general of the regional health agency (ARS).

Hospitalization and emergency activities eventually organized on 2 sites

“Ultimately, hospitalization and emergency activities will be organized around 2 sites: the Pellegrin hospital group (Bordeaux) and the South hospital group (Pessac)”, specifies the CHU.

Located in downtown Bordeaux, the Saint-André hospital, which is 700 years old, “will keep its historic square” but will benefit from reconstructions.

If it will no longer have activity in the field of emergencies, it will welcome at the end of the work a consultation platform, a university health center, the Jean Abadie center for adolescents in difficulty, a public health center. and prevention, a digital hospital with health start-ups and training rooms, detailed Yann Bubien and the chairman of the CHU supervisory board, Pierre Hurmic.

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A nursery, open to the population, and an amphitheater are also planned, they added. At the end of the works, the Saint-André hospital group will have a dimension of 28,000 m².

All the buildings and services of Pellegrin will be restructured and renovated, including the Tripod and the maternity hospital of the CHU which records 6,000 deliveries per year and which is also “relatively dilapidated”.

The CHU awaits on this site the opening, in September, of the extension built to the children’s hospital. The reconstruction of the emergency room, the Samu and the operating theaters will begin immediately afterwards.

At the end of the work, the Pellegrin hospital group will have 931 beds and 221 places, and will cover 240,000 m².

The operations planned for the South hospital group

In Pessac, where the Haut-Lévêque hospital is located, and where strong demographic growth is observed, it is planned to build a new cardio-thoracic hospital, whose services are part of the high-tech activities of the CHU, announced Yann Bubien. “We are also going to build new adult emergencies and rebuild all the other buildings, including oncology, which is a major focus of the CHU”.

At the end of the works, the Southern hospital group will have 925 beds and 165 places, over 20,400 m².

Yann Bubien specified that the program also included a “very ambitious” project to upgrade logistics and technology, which will mainly be carried out on the Haut-Lévêque site.

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Overall, pre-work operations have already been launched, he said. He explained that a programmer had been working since December 2020 and would establish, by the summer, the phasing of operations. “The difficulty is that we are in occupied sites”, remarked Yann Bubien who recalled that the CHU welcomed “a million patients per year” and had a staff of 14,200 people.

Regarding the financing of the works program, in addition to the 240 M € of aid from the State and the ARS, will be added self-financing, loans and proceeds from asset disposals (land and buildings) for about “a hundred million euros”, he also indicated.

“The CHU has been working on this program since around 2016”, recalled Prof. Nicolas Grenier, president of the establishment medical committee (CME). It represents “the culmination of the reflection of the entire medical community”.

Interviewed by APMnews, Yann Bubien and Pr Grenier indicated that the Covid-19 crisis had an impact on various elements of the project. Thus, “on the capacity, forecasts which had been made before my arrival were reshuffled and bed closures – up to 217 – which were planned are no longer on the agenda”, replied Yann Bubien. On the beds, “we always need it in post-emergency,” added Professor Grenier.

The two representatives added that the crisis had also led to changes in the “way of working”. This is the case in intensive care where the two specialties, medical and surgical, have agreed to come together within a common technical platform, underlined Professor Grenier, welcoming this development.

The “new CHU” project, which concentrates medical activities on two main sites, “is not limited to the ‘building'” but also aims to “put the patient’s journey at the center of the reflection”, he also Explain. “It is an opportunity to rethink our entire operation with a course that must be anticipated, structured, not only within our establishments but also in connection with the city. […] and downstream from the hospital “.

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“It’s a new momentum and a lot of hope,” he added.

Having renovated and well-equipped premises will be a major aspect in the attractiveness of university hospital careers, even if the CHU is already one of the most chosen by young people at the end of national classifying exams, continued the Pr Pierre Dubus, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, who also highlighted the importance of including HU practitioners in “quality” research and innovation projects.

Marie Laurent-Daspas, user representative in different instances of the CHU, estimated that beyond the resolution of the dilapidated problem, the project will make it possible to improve organizations and management, promote innovation and research and work on the quality of working life of professionals and on the quality of care. It is a “citizen and unifying project for Bordeaux”, she welcomed.

The program integrates ecological axes, testified several participants, in particular the mayors of Pessac and Bordeaux, Franck Raynal and Pierre Hurmic, who also chairs the supervisory board of the CHU.

“The CHU projects carry high this ambition” in terms of sustainable development, “with buildings and processes that will be more sober”, assured the mayor (various right) of Pessac.

“We will be able to go further than just rehabilitation” through a project which “puts ecology at the center with an eco-design of sites”, added the mayor (Europe Ecologie Les Verts) of Bordeaux who also wished that each CHU site is “easily accessible for its patients, whether they are from Bordeaux or not”, as well as the “creation of new green spaces”.

A strategic committee, “putting everyone around the table”, will be set up “to ensure that everything progresses as quickly as possible”, specified the prefect of the region and prefect of Gironde, Fabienne Buccio.

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