Construction of a new regional long term care facility located in Swift Current known as “The Meadows” is complete, on-time and on-budget. Premier Brad Wall was on hand Monday as builders officially handed keys over to the Cypress Health Region, who own and will operate the facility.
“Long-term care residents in Swift Current and area present and future now have an outstanding new facility to call home,” Wall said. “The Meadows together with the excellent team of professionals that will work here will ensure we are offering the best long term care possible.”
Using a public-private-partnership, or P3 model saved $16 million compared to what the project would have cost using traditional procurement models. The Meadows will provide 225 long-term care beds in a single community for seniors, compared to the 198 beds provided previously by three facilities, and employ an additional 79 full-time equivalents. The Meadows was designed with the involvement of staff, patients and families.
Construction of the 227,000 square foot facility, recently named The Meadows by the board of the Cypress Health Region, was built with majority Saskatchewan participation and created an estimated 500 jobs in the province. Thirty-two Saskatchewan businesses were involved the project, making up 72 per cent of all business involved. Ten were from Swift Current.
The health region will now begin furnishing the homes, familiarizing staff to the new facility and moving in residents. A formal grand opening is expected in the coming weeks. Additional fundraising for furnishings will be led by the Dr. Noble Irwin Healthcare Foundation.