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07/05/2011 Construction Process Underway on New Selkirk Regional Health Centre
Stonewall, Man., July 5, 2011—The construction process is now officially underway on a new regional health centre in Selkirk that will replace the existing 49-bed Selkirk and District General Hospital.
 
With design and planning work complete, the Interlake Regional Health Authority received authorization today from Manitoba Health to tender the new hospital for construction. The tender will be issued later this week, which should allow construction to begin by late summer.
  
“This new regional health centre will provide enhanced treatment and specialized care to families in the Selkirk area as well as residents of the Interlake and North Eastman regions,” said Health Minister Theresa Oswald. “It will build on the current range of core services and will feature a new out-patient centre, family birth unit, and improved facilities for dialysis and chemotherapy.”
 
At 180,753 square feet, the new health centre will double the size of the existing hospital and will have a total of 65 beds, including 55 medical/surgical beds, six obstetrics and four special care beds. To improve patient comfort and privacy, more than 80 per cent of the rooms will be single-bed rooms, compared to 20 per cent in the existing hospital. The facility has been designed to facilitate expansions in the future to meet population growth and additional services that could be offered at the hospital. 
 
“The new Selkirk hospital has been designed to meet the needs of families in Selkirk and surrounding communities,” said Selkirk MLA Greg Dewar. “The result is a state-of-the-art facility that will promote the well-being of patients and provide a safe, welcoming environment for families and staff.”
 
In addition to the new birth unit and out-patient centre, core services will include surgery, obstetrics, medicine, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation therapies, community cancer outreach, dialysis, chemotherapy and palliative care. The hospital will continue to offer an emergency department with physician coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 
“Our new health centre will incorporate the best clinical and sustainability practices and meet the current standards for delivery of clinical programs,” said Randy Lock, chief executive officer of the Interlake Regional Health Authority. “It will also provide the additional space and beds we need to fulfill the current and future health needs of our region.”
 
The health centre will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standards and will be 33 per cent more efficient than the Model National Energy Code minimum standards. Other environmental technologies will include high efficiency water closets and faucets, and ground-source heat pump technology for total cooling demand and 75 per cent of heating demand. The new health centre is expected to open in 2014.
 
Contact:               Lauralou Cicierski, Public Relations Manager, (204) 467-4747, lcicierski@irha.mb.ca
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