Con­struc­tion ten­der awarded for Maple Creek’s South­west In­te­grated Health­care Fa­cil­ity

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The Cy­press Health Re­gion and mem­bers of the South­west In­te­grated Health­care Fa­cil­ity (SIHF) Steer­ing Com­mit­tee are pleased to an­nounce that the ten­der for con­struc­tion ser­vices has been for­mally awarded. Gra­ham Con­struc­tion and Engi­neer­ing Inc. have been awarded the $37,253,632 plus GST con­struc­tion con­tract and their staff are expected to be on site in the very near fu­ture to be­gin con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity.

At its reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing held in Pon­teix on Oc­to­ber 17th, mem­bers of the Cy­press Re­gional Health Author­ity were pro­vided with an up­date on the cap­i­tal project’s plan­ning sta­tus and ap­proved a mo­tion to award the con­tract to Gra­ham Con­struc­tion. This dis­cus­sion and mo­tion fol­lowed the ap­proval pro­vided by the Saskatchew­an Min­istry of Health in re­gards to the ten­der award rec­om­men­da­tion.

“We are over­joyed with this ex­cit­ing news, and join the res­i­dents of Maple Creek and sur­round­ing ar­eas in look­ing for­ward to see­ing some large-scale ac­tiv­ity on the site of the new­est health care fa­cil­ity in south­west Saskatchew­an,” said Beth Va­chon, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Cy­press Health Re­gion.

Brenda Sch­wan, Cy­press Health’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Hu­man Re­sources and Cap­i­tal Project Lead, has been di­rectly in­volved in the plan­ning for the in­te­grated fa­cil­ity.

“To­day’s ap­proval of the con­struc­tion ten­der award fol­lows an ex­ten­sive re­view process re­ferred to as value engi­neer­ing,” Sch­wan stated. The con­struc­tion value of over $37.253 mil­lion plus GST will be fi­nanced via the Min­istry of Health’s cap­i­tal project fund­ing for­mula, where 80 per cent of the con­struc­tion value will be

pro­vided by the Min­istry of Health. The re­main­ing 20 per cent of con­struc­tion, plus the equip­ment and fur­nish­ings for the new in­te­grated fa­cil­ity, will be funded by the lo­cal larger ‘community’ as a whole. Over­all, the project cost has been de­ter­mined to be ap­prox­i­mately $45.24 mil­lion.

“We are pleased to ex­press our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the res­i­dents of the South­west community for their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion throughout the plan­ning process as we move for­ward into the con­struc­tion phase,” com­mented Wilf Par­sons, Chair­per­son of the SIHF Steer­ing Com­mit­tee.

With the con­struc­tion ten­der for­mally awarded to Gra­ham Con­struc­tion, the ex­pe­ri­enced gen­eral con­trac­tor joins the cap­i­tal project team of Stan­tec Ar­chi­tec­ture (ar­chi­tect and de­sign), ZW Group (Project Man­ager), Min­istry of Health, SIHF Steer­ing Com­mit­tee, and the Cy­press Health Re­gion. The fa­cil­ity is an­tic­i­pated to be com­pleted in the sum­mer of 2014.

When com­pleted, the in­te­grated fa­cil­ity will in­clude 24 acute beds (of which 10 will be used for multi-pur­pose needs), 48 long term care beds, emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices (EMS), home care, community health ser­vices, mid­wifery, Tele­health, fa­cil­ity plan­ning for ex­pan­sion of ser­vices, and plan­ning for fa­cil­ity ex­pan­sion for fu­ture needs.

The new fa­cil­ity will be lo­cated on the cur­rent Maple Creek Hospi­tal site and a par­cel of land to the west of the ex­ist­ing Hospi­tal.

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