Media and politicians walked into the front entrance of the brand new Selkirk Regional Health Centre last Tuesday to take part in a media tour. (Dave Baxter/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)
A brand new health care centre will open its doors to its first patients this Sunday.
The Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority announced this week they will begin moving patients from the former Selkirk and District General Hospital, into the new Selkirk Regional Health Centre in Selkirk starting June 25.
Media and politicians were given a tour of the new health facility at 120 Easton Drive in Selkirk, June 20, as the hospital prepares to open its doors to the public.
“This new centre will provide the entire region with more specialized services, such as the region’s first MRI, a family birthing unit, and a larger emergency department,” Health Minister Kevin Goertzen said in a statement.
IERHA stated the $111 million project, which broke ground in the spring of 2014, was completed “on time and on budget.”
At 180,506 square feet, Selkirk’s new health centre is more than two times larger than the city’s current hospital, and the IERHA said the number of beds in the new facility will be increased from 53 to 65.
More than 80% of the rooms will be single-bed rooms to “improve patient, comfort and privacy,” the IERHA added.
While speaking during the tour, Goertzen said he believes the new facility could contribute to attracting more doctors to work in Selkirk and the Interlake.
“When we talk to doctors one of the key issues for where they practice is the facility they practice in, and with a facility like this, I think it can only help,” Goertzen said.
IERHA CAO Ron Van Denakker said the Selkirk Regional Health Centre will have expanded capacity in a number of areas including dialysis and cancer care.
He added because of interior features such as increased natural light and open spaces, the hospital is “just a different way of doing business.”
“It’s such a healing environment and we believe this is going to add to people’s experience when they are here,” Van Denakker added.
A grand opening is expected to take place sometime in the fall of 2017.
The hospital’s main phone number will remain the same at 204-482-5800.