New hospital in Saskatchewan gets
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – The Humboldt
District Health Complex has received final approval to proceed to
construction. An injection of capital funding paves the way for
construction of the new $40 million building to replace the aging
hospital in Humboldt.
The tender was awarded to Wright Construction Western Inc., after the
Saskatoon Regional Health Authority requested that health region
administration ensure that $3.2 million from this year’s provincial
government infrastructure allocation be devoted to the Humboldt project.
The provincial cabinet approved $2.7 million in additional funding to
cover project cost increases due to high demand in the construction
“The government wants to see this project move ahead without delay,”
Health Minister Don McMorris said. “We are preparing Saskatchewan for
growth by addressing the healthcare system’s infrastructure deficit.
Residents and visitors will be well served in the Humboldt area by this
new healthcare facility.”
“We’re very pleased that this project is finally going to construction,”
said Saskatoon Regional Health Authority chair Darlene Eberle.
“Community and area residents have waited a long time for this complex
and have been extremely patient during the planning and approval
process. We want to thank residents for their patience and all of their
hard work, energy, and commitment to ensure this project becomes a
reality. We also want to thank all residents from Humboldt and
surrounding communities for their very generous financial commitment of
more than $13 million dollars to the overall project.”
A total of $13.3 million in contributions from 29 area municipalities
and funds raised by the St. Elizabeth’s Foundation have been pledged
towards construction costs and the purchase of $2.5 million in equipment
“On behalf of the City of Humboldt and area municipalities, this is a
great day for all of us,” City of Humboldt mayor Malcolm Eaton said.
“Construction of this facility signifies a high level of commitment to
health services for our residents from the Government of Saskatchewan
and the Saskatoon Health Region for years to come. This facility sends a
signal to investors that there is a long term commitment to quality
services for their employees and area residents.”
Construction of the 38-bed facility is expected to begin soon, with
completion by the fall of 2010.
The 80,000 square foot building will house acute care services including
expanded space for ambulatory care, outpatient and emergency, therapies,
diagnostic and lab services, chemotherapy and clinic space for visiting
In addition, Community Health Services – including home care, public
health, mental health, addictions services and health promotion – will
move into the new building. Locating acute and community-based services
close together will improve access and allow greater coordination of
The Government of Saskatchewan significantly increased the health
system’s capital budget this year to $190 million for equipment,
building maintenance and construction to make sure the benefits of
Saskatchewan’s growing economy are felt across the province.