New hospital coming to Neepawa a ‘huge step’

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A new hospital will be built in Neepawa as part of the province’s plan to reduce the number of health-care trips people have to make to Brandon and Winnipeg.

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A new hospital will be built in Neepawa as part of the province’s plan to reduce the number of health-care trips people have to make to Brandon and Winnipeg.

Premier Heather Stefanson made the announcement Friday afternoon at Neepawa’s Yellowhead Centre.

“Across the province, strategic investments in modern buildings, equipment and technology will support the delivery of many health services locally, improve access and wait times, and reduce the need for many patients to travel to Winnipeg for care,” Stefanson said in a press release.

Chelsea Kemp/The Brandon Sun Premier Heather Stefanson and Health Minister Audrey Gordon stand with health-care workers outside of Neepawa Health Centre Friday. The province announced a new hospital will be built in Neepawa.

“By investing in the new Neepawa Hospital, our government is building a strong foundation for the future of health care in this region of our province, a future that will offer reliable, consistent and high-quality health services.”

The $127-million facility will have space for at least 60 acute care inpatient beds, up from the 35 currently available in Neepawa.

The hospital is being built as part of the province’s clinical and preventative services plan. The government’s aim is to reduce the number of procedures people need to travel to Winnipeg for.

The facility will also feature an expanded and modernized emergency department with a trauma room, stretcher bay and ambulance bay.

It will also have room for surgeries, diagnostics, palliative care, dialysis and chemotherapy.

Construction is slated to be completed by 2025 and the new hospital is expected to be twice the size of the current Neepawa Health Centre. Its future location is still being finalized.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon said the plan was based on population growth, community health needs and the distance to specialized health services.

The Minnedosa Health Centre will remain “as is,” said Prairie Mountain Health CEO Brian Schoonbaert, and the new hospital will bring specialty services to Neepawa.

“This is a huge step forward for the provision of health care in that all of these are expanding the provincial and regional goals of offering services closer to home as possible for our patients,” he said.

Stefanson was also in Dauphin earlier in the day to announce $4.5 million in renovations to the Dauphin Regional Health Centre to increase the number of endoscopies and surgeries that can be done there. According to a press release, the renovations will allow another 300 endoscopies to be performed and free up space in operating rooms.

In a statement, NDP leader Wab Kinew said the Dauphin announcement is something the PCs can’t deliver until it addresses health-care staffing shortages.

At this point, these announcements are just dangling something shiny in front of Manitobans who deserve better access to health care.

“You can’t fix a problem without getting to the root of it — right now, the most important thing Manitobans need is more permanent public health-care workers to deliver care.”

» dmay@brandonsun.com

» Twitter: @DrewMay_

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