News Release - May 17, 1999
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW WILKIE AND DISTRICT HEALTH FACILITY
Health Minister Pat Atkinson today helped launch construction of a new
health facility in the town of Wilkie, praising the efforts of local
volunteers, health providers and the Greenhead Health District.
Atkinson said their collaborative efforts will ensure Wilkie and area
residents can enjoy a wide range of enhanced services, close to home,
24 hours a day.
"I'm pleased that the provincial government is able to play a
significant role in this exciting project," Atkinson said at a
sod-turning ceremony today. "It signals our ongoing commitment to
strong, stable health services in rural Saskatchewan."
Construction of a new health facility on to the existing special care
home will begin immediately and be complete by the spring of 2000.
The project cost of $1.6 million includes a $1.1 million provincial
The newly integrated facility will offer a wide range of health
services including: observation/assessment, convalescence, palliative
care, respite care, emergency services, x-ray, home care and a
multitude of community-based services such as public health,
addictions counselling, physiotherapy and nutrition counselling.
"Combining services under one roof will ensure that Wilkie and
area residents will have continued access to quality health
services 24 hours a day," Greenhead District Health Board
Chairperson Betty Shapka said. "As well, bringing our health
providers together in one location will allow them to work closer
together to deliver services as efficiently and effectively as
"Our government is committed to helping communities across
Saskatchewan strengthen and maintain local health services,"
Atkinson said. "I'm pleased to join today with the health
district and local residents to usher in this new era of health
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