May 10, 2001
The south central region of the province will now have access to a new state-of-the art health facility as Premier Gary Doer and Health Minister Dave Chomiak today announced the official opening of the new Boundary Trails Health Centre (BTHC).
"By amalgamating the Winkler and Morden facilities into one major health centre we are able to eliminate costly duplication of equipment and make better use of the staff and medical professionals available here," said Doer. "These efficiencies mean the Boundary Trails Health Centre will be better equipped to deal with health concerns of patients closer to their home communities--an important issue to residents of south central Manitoba."
The total capital cost for the project is approximately $37.6 million. Through arrangements with the Regional Health Authority - Central Manitoba Inc., the communities of Morden and Winkler and surrounding municipalities are contributing $3 million toward the facility, plus funding of other amenities. Manitoba Health is funding the balance of the capital costs.
Health Minister Dave Chomiak thanked the members of the health authority and the staff of the two hospitals for their valuable input in developing the new hospital and their patience during the building process.
"I congratulate all of the staff for their commitment and dedication working in less than ideal conditions while the new hospital has been under construction," said Chomiak. "I am sure the new facilities will be a welcome improvement to their work environment and go a long way in helping them to provide the same high quality patient care as in the past."
Located mid-way between the communities of Winkler and Morden, the centre will replace the older health care facilities in each of these communities including the Bethel Hospital in Winkler and the Morden Hospital. Both hospitals will be closed as patients are moved into the new centre. The BTHC will serve as the major referral hospital for all of south central Manitoba.
"The regional health authority is grateful for community involvement and appreciates the contribution of past board members, interested citizens who participated in many ways, and staff who demonstrated commitment," said René Comte, acting chief executive officer of the Regional Health Authority – Central Manitoba Inc.
The Boundary Trails Health Centre will include:
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