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Manitoba

$2 million invested in new primary care centres

Construction is under way in rural and northern Manitoba on five new primary healthcare centres that will develop community-based health programs and support timely access to healthcare services, Health Minister Tim Sale announced.

The new primary healthcare centres will be located in The Pas, Flin Flon, Waterhen, Camperville and Riverton and will provide community residents with access to a wide range of healthcare services including primary healthcare, mental health services and health promotion, prevention and education programs.

“Health officials across the country agree that innovations in primary health care are needed to ensure the future health of Canadians,” said Sale. “These new initiatives will bring fundamental changes to the delivery of health services in rural and northern regions, and show that Manitoba continues to lead in the development of health programs.”

Primary healthcare emphasizes health promotion, illness prevention and timely treatment of disease and, if necessary, links patients to more specialized care such as that provided in hospitals. Primary healthcare also links with all other services that play a part in addressing the factors that affect health such as social services, housing and education.

“The health of the entire population is of vital importance to the future of this province,” said Sale. “This government is committed to the renewal of rural
and northern healthcare, and we will continue to work with our partners in regional health authorities and in communities across the province to provide quality healthcare services.”

Funding for the projects comes from the $800 million Primary Healthcare Transition Fund announced in September 2000 by the federal government to support the first ministers’ agreement on the renewal of Canada’s healthcare system. Manitoba received $20.8 million to support primary care initiatives.

Project Descriptions:

Waterhen and Camperville primary healthcare centres (Parkland Regional Health Authority). Two new primary healthcare centres are under construction in the communities of Waterhen and Camperville. Each facility will include education and resource areas, meeting and interview space, clinical exam and office rooms, and other related service space. Construction costs for both centres will be $410,000.

Riverton Community Primary Health Centre (Interlake Regional Health Authority). Construction is underway on a primary healthcare centre in Riverton which will incorporate clinical and community service areas including lab and support service spaces. Capital costs for the new facility are $973,000.

The Pas Primary Healthcare Centre (NOR-MAN Regional Health Authority). The primary health centre in The Pas will house approximately 50 staff and will provide a single point of access to community nurse resources, home care services, community mental health programs, public health, diabetes services, primary care, health promotion, prevention and education, audiology, pediatric speech language, the Baby First Program and supportive housing services.
Construction costs for the project in The Pas are $120,000.

Flin Flon Primary Healthcare Centre (NOR-MAN Regional Health Authority).
The primary health centre in Flin Flon will house approximately 30 staff and will provide a wide range of health services to NOR-MAN residents. The centre will offer a single point of access to community nurse resources, community mental health programs, public health programs, diabetes services, primary care, health promotion, prevention and education, the Baby First Program and supportive housing services. Construction costs for the project in Flin Flon are $120,000.

 

 

 

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