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Excitement Builds for New Saskatchewan Hospital as Construction 60% Complete

May 5, 2017

The sun shone on the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford today - as it ALWAYS does for events at SHNB, according to history and experience - as a large crowd gathered for a close up look at the new facility and to celebrate construction progress on the $222 million structure.

Crowd May 2017

'Amazing!' 'Fantastic!' and 'Enormous!' were some of the words exclaimed by the many people who toured select areas inside the new provincial mental health hospital. Other guests expressed awe and emotion over the reality of the long-awaited replacement of the current 104-year-old SHNB. Consensus was quickly reached at how wonderful the new modern hospital will be for its patients and staff.

Fast Facts - New SHNB

On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, The Battlefords MLA Herb Cox thanked Prairie North Health Region for putting the event together, and for 'working hard keeping the North Battleford community updated and excited for this project."

Cox noted that the project "is very important to the SHNB staff and to the North Battleford community." He said, "This facility is also important to the whole province and to our government...The new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford is a key step forward in our commitment to improve mental health services in Saskatchewan."

News Release - Government of Saskatchewan - May 5, 2017

Bonnie OGrady May 2017

Bonnie O'Grady

Bonnie O'Grady, Chairperson of Prairie North Regional Health Authority, said the RHA "is extremely proud to be part of this monumental project. She recognized the "tremendous amount of work" many Saskatchewan Hospital and Prairie North employees are putting into the new facility. "They are doing everything from reviewing plans, selecting colour schemes, and trialing furniture, to planning programs and services, and figuring out how next fall's move in will take place, and how everything will function once they're in." O'Grady noted that "Almost all of this work is being done in addition to their regular jobs."

She also recognized the contributions of the partners in the project: the Ministries of Justice Corrections and Policing, Central Services, and Health; along with SaskBuilds, and Access Prairies Partnership (APP) the consortium building the new facility.

O'Grady paid special tribute to Linda Shynkaruk, Director of SHNB for her leadership, passion and commitment to the project - all in the name of the patients who need and deserve the very best in mental health care and an environment in which to recover.

Bruce Dickinson, representing the Access Prairies Partnership consortium, told the audience that Carillion and Graham, as part of APP, are pleased to partner with the provincial government to deliver the new SHNB to the people of Saskatchewan. "From the beginning, we've focused on delivering the Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford on time, on budget, and to continuing our long-term relationship with all our partners," Dickinson said.

Cox and Dickinson May 2017

Bruce Dickinson and Herb Cox

He stated that "The construction is now 60% complete and the past year has seen progress inside and outside the building," including:

                • Building envelope activities such as masonry, roofing, cladding and installation of 500 windows;
                • Receipt of building systems equipment such as air handling units, chillers, transformers and switchgear; and
                • Erection of steel studs for client rooms and offices et cetera, within the building and drywall activities.

Dickinson also extended "a great big thank you to all the subcontractors and trades that are dedicating sweat and determination to deliver this project on time and on budget."

Joel Dynna G and C May 2017

Joel Dynna

Joel Dynna is Area Manager with G&C Asphalt and Ready Mix in North Battleford. G&C is among the 25 Saskatchewan subcontractors involved in the project, along with River City Plumbing & Heating of North Battleford, and Red Pheasant First Nation, located south of The Battlefords.

Dynna stated, "It is so great to be a part of such an historic project as a local business alongside so many other Saskatchewan companies. The residents of this community and province are seeing many benefits from this project with job creation and a boost to the local economy."  

Corinne Delainey, fundraising lead for the Saskatchewan Hospital New Beginnings campaign which is working to raise $8 million to cover the cost of furnishings and medical equipment for the new hospital, stated that philanthropy has an important role to play in the SHNB project. "With the right attention and resources, much can be done to improve the lives of
                                            people living with mental illness," she said.

Corinne Delainey May 2017

Corinne Delainey

Delainey stressed that the New Beginnings campaign is provincial in scope and provides a unique opportunity to leave a meaningful legacy in mental health care in Saskatchewan.

"The campaign is currently in the quiet phase where most of the work is accomplished behind the scenes as we focus on volunteer-led, peer-to-peer fundraising," Delainey said. She noted that support is coming from around the province, with the first $1 million donation from an anonymous donor in southern Saskatchewan. "Just like our donors, our patients come from every corner of the province," she added.

Delainey concluded, telling the audience, "Together we can ensure that the new Saskatchewan Hospital is ready to meet the needs of a new generation of patients - giving patients and their families care and support when they need it most. Together, we can inspire hope."

Following the formal program, guests were treated to brief tours of select areas of the new hospital, including the bright expansive main entranceway, the main interior cafeteria area, and one of the wings with the individual patient rooms. While construction has yet to be complete anywhere in the building, the visitors were able to get a feel for the improved space, particular in relation to private patient rooms and adjacent patient washrooms.

The tours were conducted by Scott Worthing, Site Manager with Graham Construction. Graham also treated all guests and all tradespeople and employees on the site to a barbecue lunch.

Site image May 10 2017


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