Cypress Health Region Get Green Light on New Facility

Cypress Health Region Get Green Light on New Facility Health & Wellness SouthWest Saskatchewan  Cypress Health Region

The ball is officially rolling on the new long term care centre being built here in Swift Current.

The Cypress Health Region received approval today they could proceed with the new facility, which will hold 225 beds, which is a jump from the 198 they currently operate, and will meet the needs of the community into the future.

CEO of the Cypress Health Region Beth Vachon said this will really enhance long term care within the facility.

Full Interview with Beth Vachon and Tyler Bragg{mp3}bethjuly4{/mp3} “We have 3 facilities that we operate here in Swift Current providing long term care, and that’s of course the Lodge, the Palliser and the Swift Current Care Centre,” said Vachon, “we know that those buildings are dated, and for the purposes they were built for, don’t suit our needs any longer.”

Vachon added they will proceed with a Public-private partnership, or p3 model for the project, which binds governments and businesses in a contract, and allows the development of infrastructure.

“This has been a successful model that has been used throughout Canada for over a decade, it’s used for large projects, in particular health care facilities.”

Cypress Health Region Board Chair Tyler Bragg said regardless of the procurement model chosen, the Cypress Health Region will maintain full ownership of the facility.

“A lot of times with p3’s what you hear about is the operating component,” said Bragg, “that’s not the case here, our staff will still be operating the long term care facility.”

Bragg wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved for their hard work, and express his excitment on behalf of the health region, as this project moves forward.

“It’s been a long time coming, I’m very excited for our staff and residents, they deserve this.”

The facility will be built on 15 acres of a 30 acre parcel of land owned by the Cypress Health Region, that is adjacent to the regional hospital.

Construction is expected to start next July, with the goal of having staff moved into the facility by spring of 2016.

For more information from the Cypress Health Region’s perspective, you can go to www.cypresshealth.ca
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