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Two new facilities move forward

Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) is very pleased to announce approval of the next stage in construction to replace two long term care facilities within the Region. The Ministry of Health has approved the functional plans for a new long term care facility in Redvers, and replacement of the Radville Marian Health Centre.

“We are pleased to have reached this important milestone in the planning for these projects,” says Interim CEO Marga Cugnet.

“Along with SCHR staff and the Ministry of Health, the towns of Radville and Redvers and the communities surrounding them have done a great deal of work on the projects already and we are grateful for that,” she says.

“I am excited to see these two projects moving closer to construction,” says Minister of Health Don McMorris.

“Replacing these aging facilities will strengthen health care services and create a safer, more comfortable environment for the care of patients and long-term care residents in and around Redvers and Radville.”

Both of the new facilities will be designed to create a home-like atmosphere for long term care residents, rather than a hospital setting.

“SCHR is aiming to adopt the Eden philosophy for all of its long term care settings and is adapting each facility as circumstances permit. It has been a very successful model for residents wherever it is used,” says Mrs. Cugnet.

The Redvers long term care centre will be made up of two houses of 12 residents each. That new wing will be attached to the existing Redvers Health Centre.

The Radville project will have two houses with 15 beds each that will serve 25 long term care residents and provide five beds for multipurpose use. It will be an entirely new facility located on newly developed site.

Both facilities will be designed, constructed and operated to the greatest extent possible as energy-savers.

Health care facilities in Saskatchewan are constructed on a 65 per cent - 35 per cent (provincial government - community) cost–sharing basis. Project costs are not finalized.   

“This approval means these two high-priority capital projects will move ahead, says Mrs. Cugnet.

“Ensuring that our health facilities are up to date and meeting today’s building standards is incredibly important to ensure the safety and comfort of residents and health care providers,” she says.

The chair of Redvers and District Community Health Foundation Inc. says he’s hoping construction can begin in spring or early summer in 2011.

The community will be excited to hear that the long term care centre is moving ahead, says Kim Carlson. “The foundation will be pleased to work jointly with Sun Country Health Region on this project.”

The chair of the Board of Directors for Radville Marian Health Centre is similarly pleased with the announcement.

Murray Hlavka said “the community is really excited about the future health centre in Radville.” He noted that residents have waited a long time to get to this point.

The next step in the building process involves the architectural design for the facilities. “That is when people really start to get excited, when they can see what their facility will look like,” said Mrs. Cugnet.

These projects are part of the provincial government’s commitment to replace 13 aging health facilities throughout Saskatchewan with new structures that meet today’s building standards and improve conditions for residents and staff.

One project elsewhere in the province begins construction this fall. Planning continues for projects in other communities, including Kipling.

Posted Sept. 30 

 

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