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First Nations

New health centre to be built by Kawacatoose First Nation

REGINA – Kawacatoose First Nation, in partnership with Siemens Canada Limited, has announced the planned development of a Health Centre of Excellence, located in east Regina. The Health Centre will be constructed on land owned by Kawacatoose and will incorporate medical, dental and optical centres, all supported by state-of-the-art laboratory and pharmacy services.

The centre is fully funded by the Kawacatoose First Nation, without any federal or provincial funds being used in the project thus far. The project is expected to cost upwards of $10 million upon completion, according to a news report in the Regina Leader-Post.

One of Kawacatoose First Nation’s primary concerns is providing specialized health services to First Nations of Saskatchewan. “This Health Centre will provide First Nations people with the dedicated health services they require, including preventative and nutritional programs,” said Chief Dennis Dustyhorn of the Kawacatoose First Nation. Chief Dustyhorn added, the Health Centre will offer trained professionals and specialized services like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to all Saskatchewan residents, helping shorten waiting lists and reducing the need to seek out-of-province solutions.

Siemens welcomed the opportunity to partner with Kawacatoose First Nation and to provide their technology and project consultation service on this innovative facility. A world leader in medical technologies, Siemens has invested a great deal in assisting Canadian communities such as Kawacatoose. “This Centre of Excellence will feature the most advanced medical equipment and facilities available, and will provide patients with complete health services all housed within one location,” said Frank Suraci, Director, Aboriginal Affairs, Siemens Canada Limited. “Additionally, the technology deployed will aid in the treatment of remote patients located outside of Regina.”

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