PROVINCE INVESTING NEARLY $28 MILLION IN HEALTH-CARE CAPITAL PROJECTS

PROVINCE INVESTING NEARLY $28 MILLION IN HEALTH-CARE CAPITAL PROJECTS

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government is continuing to support capital projects across the health system to ensure consistent, reliable care is available when and where it is needed.

“There are hundreds of hospitals and personal care homes across the province, and they need to be built to the highest standards and regularly maintained to ensure the ongoing provision of quality care,” said Cameron Friesen, the PC candidate for Morden-Winkler.  “These investments for new projects and ongoing work will ensure health-care providers across the province will have the tools they need to provide quality care to patients across Manitoba.”

Each year, the regional health authorities, CancerCare Manitoba, Shared Health and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba submit requests for safety and security projects at sites across the province.  Timely equipment replacements, upgrades and repairs ensure services continue to be available for patients.

This year, the province is providing more than $11.4 million for 13 projects projected to cost more than $500,000, and $16.5 million for 104 projects expected to cost less than $500,000.  These necessary and worthwhile projects include:
• the redevelopment of the emergency department at Pine Falls Health Complex,
• the installation of a new roof at Thompson General Hospital and its neighbouring administrative building,
• the installation of a sprinkler system at Arborg and District Health Centre and Arborg Personal Care Home, and
• replacing the fire panel at Winnipeg’s Seven Oaks General Hospital.

Specific cost estimates are not being released, as they are subject to the tendering process, the minister noted.  He added work will begin once the projects are publicly tendered and awarded.

“These investments are important because they extend the service life of the buildings, sustain and enhance approved services, and correct safety issues so the health-care system can continue to function smoothly,” said Friesen.

Provincial funding is provided to health facilities and regional health authorities for new construction and ongoing maintenance.  This includes many multi-year projects from across the health-care system including safety and security projects, specialized equipment purchases and installation, information communication and technology projects, and major infrastructure investments.

Meanwhile, the Manitoba government is continuing its commitment to 149 health-care capital projects that were previously tendered.  Approximately $154 million has been invested this year toward these projects, which include the Women’s Hospital redevelopment at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, the expansion and revitalization of Holy Family Nursing Home in Winnipeg and the renovations of the medical unit at Brandon Regional Health Centre.