Province making many improvements to health-care facilities

Patients, families and health care providers will benefit from $100 million in health renewal projects across the province. The Government of Saskatchewan is providing funding to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) as part of a two-year $7.5 billion capital plan.

More than 1,000 projects have been prioritized for completion at SHA facilities.

“We know how important it is to have well-maintained, efficient health care facilities to serve our residents,” Mental Health and Addictions, Seniors and Rural and Remote Health Minister Everett Hindley said. “These investments help to ensure a safe environment while providing quality care in many communities. They will also help us continue to build a strong Saskatchewan by stimulating the province’s economic recovery.”

“The SHA is pleased to be able to proceed with priority maintenance projects and upgrades at our facilities,” SHA Vice President of Infrastructure, Information and Support Andrew Will said. “This will mean safer, more comfortable experiences for our patients and visitors, and better work environments for our staff.”

Projects that began over the summer and fall include:
• equipment upgrades to the Regina General Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Lab to improve service and efficiency;
• replacement of the booms in operating theatres at Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals to improve infection control and reduce unplanned service disruptions;
• repairs to the building exteriors at Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals;
• renovations to the kitchen at Echo Lodge Special Care Home in Fort Qu’Appelle to enhance safe food handling and improve food service;
• replacement of the mall floor at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon to improve and simplify cleaning processes, eliminate noise associated with the transportation of equipment, and create a fresh, more welcoming environment for patients, visitors and staff; and
• installation of oxygen concentrators in rural hospitals to ensure a ready supply of self-generated oxygen for patients, and reduce the risks and challenges associated with delivery-dependent supplies in rural and remote areas.

In addition, replacement of roofing and windows is planned at health facilities in a number of smaller communities. About 60 long-term care facilities across the province will receive funding for maintenance and upgrades.

Projects receiving funding are expected to be completed over this fiscal year and next.

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