Dozens of people attend the grand opening of the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Sept. 14. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)
The newest regional hospital in Manitoba celebrated its grand opening in Selkirk, Sept. 14. Construction of the new health centre began in spring 2014 and the first patients moved in June 25.
“The new Selkirk Regional Health Centre better accommodates residents’ health-care needs and the delivery of health-care services in the region,” Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen said. “This state-of-the-art, environmentally responsible and efficient facility doubles the size of the former hospital. It features enhanced clinical services, increased beds and improved patient safety, comfort and privacy, all with a view to embrace a more holistic approach to patient care and staff well-being.”
According to Goertzen, the new health centre reflects the region’s history and culture and while at the same time, improving the flow of people, information and materials when delivering care. He also noted the new health centre is an instrumental part of efforts to recruit new health care providers to the area.
At 180,506 square feet, the new regional health centre is more than two times larger than the old hospital. There are an additional 12 beds in the new facility including 53 medical/surgical beds, eight obstetrical beds and four special care beds. The health centre will also offer four bariatric beds for obese patients.
More than 80% of the rooms are single-bed rooms to improve patient safety, comfort and privacy, compared to 20 per cent in the old hospital.
“New and improved opportunities for care in our regional health centre benefit all residents across the Interlake-Eastern region,” CEO of the IERHA Van Denakker said. “This facility is a focal point in our work with communities across the region to establish a clinical teaching unit that will see us educating future health care professionals. Teaching units like this are key to attracting new graduates to the region as well as health care professionals who want to be mentors.”