The Dr. F.H. Wig­more Re­gional Hos­pi­tal is of­fi­cially open

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It was a long time com­ing, but Moose Jaw and res­i­dents of the Five Hills Health Re­gion (FHHR) fi­nally have a new hos­pi­tal. The grand open­ing of the Dr. F.H. Wig­more Re­gional Hos­pi­tal was held on Fri­day, Novem­ber 6. Mem­bers of the pub­lic filled the hos­pi­tal’s lobby to take in the cer­e­mony. It was time to cel­e­brate. The Union Hos­pi­tal was built in 1948 with ma­jor new ad­di­tions con­structed in 1954 and 1973. A new hos­pi­tal was long over­due. Mayor Deb Hig­gins was happy to see the fa­cil­ity of­fi­cially open its doors. “When the an­nounce­ment was made it seemed like it was so far away. Now, all of a sud­den, the day is here and the fa­cil­ity is up and run­ning. It is a very good day for the com­mu­nity and the Five Hills Health Re­gion,” said Hig­gins. “This hos­pi­tal is light years be­yond what we were used to at the old Union Hos­pi­tal. I think this will be a huge im­prove­ment for the com­mu­nity and for health­care. It is some­thing that will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity for years to come.” Health Min­is­ter Dustin Dun­can lauded the de­sign of the hos­pi­tal and stressed the im­por­tance of hav­ing pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, as well as health­care providers, par­tic­i­pate in the de­sign process. “LEAN has been an im­por­tant tool, and not just in the de­sign of fa­cil­i­ties, but also in the re-de­sign of how our health providers in­ter­act with our pa­tients. I think this hos­pi­tal is go­ing to be a great model of that. A lot of the fea­tures in this hos­pi­tal will be the first of their kind in this prov­ince. It will be a show­case hos­pi­tal,” said Dun­can. “We have had other health re­gions come to Moose Jaw to look at the process that Five Hills went through. This will ab­so­lutely be a model for fu­ture health­care fa­cil­i­ties in this prov­ince.” The $99.5 mil­lion fa­cil­ity will fea­ture state-of-the-art equip­ment, in­clud­ing a new Mag­netic Res­o­nance Imag­ing (MRI) unit. The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment con­trib­uted nearly $80 mil­lion to the cost of the project. Of course, the Moose Jaw Health Foun­da­tion’s (MJHF) Cap­i­tal Equip­ment Cam­paign was another large source of fund­ing. The cam­paign man­aged to shat­ter its $8 mil­lion goal, although they con­tinue to raise more funds to ac­com­mo­date the in­clu­sion of the hy­per­baric cham­ber. James Mur­dock, Chair of the MJHF, said it was ex­cit­ing to fi­nally have the new hos­pi­tal op­er­a­tional. He praised the foun­da­tion’s sup­port­ers for their gen­eros­ity. “The day has fi­nally ar­rived. I think this is some­thing that en­tire com­mu­nity and all the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion should be very proud of,” said Mur­dock. “(The Cap­i­tal Equip­ment Cam­paign) was a tremen­dous com­mit­ment and the pub­lic was on board right from day one. They con­tinue to amaze us. As the cam­paign kept grow­ing peo­ple were there, want­ing to do their part. Whether it was in­di­vid­u­als or lo­cal busi­nesses, ev­ery­one stepped up, that’s for sure.” An of­fi­cial nam­ing cer­e­mony also took place. The hos­pi­tal is named af­ter the late Dr. Fred H. Wig­more. Fit­tingly, the event was held on Dr. Wig­more’s

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