Expansion means greater role for health centre

By: Rob Altemeyer, MLA for Wolseley

As published in The Metro

October 23, 2013

Premier Greg Selinger is pictured in a 2011 file photo, announcing the new two-storey facility currently under construction at Misericordia Health Centre. Phase 1 of the project is now nearing completion and is expected to be finished by the end of the year. (photo credit: WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

Since its beginning, Misericordia Health Centre has been a vital part of our community.

Founded by the Misericordia Sisters in 1898, the hospital was their commitment to serve those in need. The health centre continues this mandate today, and luckily is now able to play an even greater role in our neighbourhood with its ongoing expansion and redevelopment.

Premier Greg Selinger swung the ceremonial sledgehammer in May 2011 to begin the demolition of the old Maryland South building. Construction of Phase 1 is now nearing completion and should be finished by the end of this year.

This new facility will expand the Buhler Eye Care Centre and relocate the Ambulatory Diagnostic Centre to decrease the length of patients’ stays. Misericordia will also host a new location for a very successful seniors program called PRIME, which specializes in the day-to-day needs of our seniors such as medical expertise, personal care, rehabilitation, and recreational and social activities.

As is often the case, this important investment in infrastructure will actually save money down the road while also improving our quality of life and that of our families. Congratulations to the Misericordia Foundation for raising $5 million in community donations, on top of the $38-million investment from Manitoba Health and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

One of the most unique upgrades to the Misericordia Health Centre is the creation of the Great-West Life Rooftop Garden and Solarium, and it’s now officially open! Thanks to the commitment and generosity of our community, the Misericordia Health Centre raised half of the funds for this project from the public. Believe it or not, the rooftop garden and solarium has already hosted birthday parties, book clubs, art classes, and even cooking classes. This unique feature of the hospital is not only beneficial for patients of the health centre, but also a place that offers an environment of relaxation in the heart of the city.

If you’d like to learn more about the redevelopment of Misericordia Health Centre, email redevelopment@misericordia.mb.ca

Feel free to contact my office at 204-775-8575 anytime, or visit us at 202-222 Furby St. Ideas like these that promote healthy living, environmentally-friendly practices and community spirit are essential parts of what makes a great neighbourhood even better.