The opening of Murray House cancer treatment residence will be delayed a little longer, however, officials say it is still expected to welcome patients in May.
At last check, the residence was expected to open by the beginning of May. According to Len Isleifson, regional manager of security services with Prairie Mountain Health, the opening will now be bumped back by a few weeks.
"We will be in there setting up, I would say within the next two weeks," Isleifson said. "Once we’re all set up ... then we can start opening it up for residents, which I would think would still be in May, I just don’t have a firm date."
Isleifson said they are still working on the finishing touches for the eight-bedroom residence.
A new staff member, Noreen McLachlan, has been hired to run the home, and started work yesterday.
The opening had been planned for last summer but was pushed back due to construction delays.
Isleifson said they are now dealing with some supply issues.
"I know there are certain issues when you order material and it comes in and it’s wrong, so it’s sent back and replaced, so that’s kind of what we’re going through," he said.
The Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation’s A Sense of Home campaign launched in September 2011 and was driven completely by public donations. In December 2011, the residence was officially named Murray House after a major donation was received from Doug and Laurie Murray of Murray Auto Group.
After 14 months of fundraising, the campaign met the fundraising goal of $2.85 million in December 2012 to cover the cost of building the residence.
"It looks really good, there’s areas in the house that I wish I had in my house," Isleifson said. "It is a very nice building, and I think people will be very pleased with what their hard-earned donations have done."
The official sod-turning for the residence at 521 Frederick St. was held in November 2012.
The home features two-storey windows, a sloped ceiling and eight hotel-type suites. Each of the bedrooms will have two beds — one main bed and one day bed for visitors. It will serve cancer patients in rural Manitoba as they travel to Brandon for care.
Murray House is in close proximity to both the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre and hospital.
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