Regional cancer patients will soon have the opportunity to experience "a sense of home" while they go through treatment.
Murray House cancer treatment residence is finally expected to open by the beginning of May, after quite a significant delay.
"The original date we were looking at was back in September, so we are quite substantially behind schedule," said Len Isleifson, regional manager of security services with Prairie Mountain Health. "But that’s understandable in projects of this nature."
Isleifson, who is responsible for housing with PMH, said construction issues, combined with weather impacts contributed to the delay. But now, it’s on to the finishing touches.
"Really everything’s done in there, it’s just now finalizing," he said. "There are some deficiencies that they’re taking care of right now."
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, which covers the cost of building the residence.
"I can’t wait to open the doors and invite the public in to have a look to see what their hard earned donations have really done," Isleifson said.
The official sod-turning for the project 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 eight 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.
"For some people who are receiving these types of treatments, travel to and from the treatments can be somewhat daunting for them especially if they’re travelling a long distance," said Penny Gilson, Prairie Mountain Health CEO. "So the ability to have a place like Murray House, it’s like a home environment ... that people will find very welcoming."
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