PROVINCE, LOCAL COMMUNITIES PARTNER TO BUILD NEW PRIMARY CARE CLINIC, WELLNESS CENTRE IN ST. CLAUDE
– – – New Centre Will Provide Families Array of Bilingual Primary Health-care Services Under One Roof
ST. CLAUDE - Families in St. Claude and surrounding communities will soon have a new facility that will offer a variety of health-care services, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced here today.
The province has partnered with the St. Claude Community Development Corporation (CDC) Health Committee to build a new primary care and wellness centre in the community.
“This strong partnership will give more Manitoba families a new option for their primary health-care needs. Our government and community partners know when we work together we can better serve the needs of local residents by providing quality health-care services in a convenient, centralized location close to home,” said Oswald. “This new facility will offer a host of other services in both official languages and will increase access to quality primary care, contributing to our Plan to Protect Universal Health Care and ensuring every Manitoban has access to a family doctor by 2015.”
The $2.1-million facility will be cost shared, with the province providing $900,000 and the balance of the funding by the St. Claude CDC.
In addition to the primary care clinic, the new 5,737-square-foot centre will offer a number of other health services including physiotherapy, mental-health services, foot-care services and a retail pharmacy. Multiple exam rooms will also enable family physicians to see more patients, providing more efficient care, said Oswald.
The new, expanded centre will include:
a community fitness room,
six examination rooms,
one treatment room,
a consultation room for public-health nurses, and
a workroom for home-care staff.
”This announcement is a true partnership initiative made possible through the collaborative efforts of the community, Manitoba Health and our RHA,” said Kathy McPhail, chief executive officer of the Southern Regional Health Authority (RHA). “I congratulate the community for its concerted efforts and persistence as this centre will improve access to high-quality health care for generations to come.”
“The community has been very supportive as we worked through the planning stages and we are pleased to see it moving forward,” said Suzanne Fay, president of the St. Claude CDC Health Committee. “This new centre will centralize and improve access to existing services and also expand on services in response to needs expressed by the community. This centre will indeed make a difference.”
Oswald noted the new centre will serve the communities of St. Claude, Haywood and parts of the rural municipalities of Grey, Dufferin and South Norfolk. The project resulted from a community health needs assessment study and included extensive consultations with the communities it will serve. The minister congratulated the RHA and the CDC for their excellent partnership, outstanding fundraising efforts and continuing commitment to the project.
Building more clinics is part of the province’s plan to ensure all Manitobans have access to a family doctor by 2015, said Oswald. There are currently 20 clinics under development or construction across the province including primary care and community clinics, QuickCare clinics, ACCESS Centres and mobile clinics.