Moose Jaw Union Hospital
By Joel van der Veen
A site has been selected for Moose Jaw’s new hospital, city manager Garry McKay confirmed Wednesday.
McKay said a deal between the City of Moose Jaw and Five Hills Health Region was finalized during city council’s executive meeting on Monday.
The city has agreed to sell a plot of 30.18 acres of land to the region. The location of the land has not been disclosed, but it will be the site of the new hospital.
“We’ve agreed on a land transfer,” said McKay.
Crews will begin preparing the land for construction later this year. The facility is expected to be open by 2015. Further details on the site will be released later this month.
The facility will replace the existing Moose Jaw Union Hospital; the original building dates back to 1948, while additional wings were constructed in 1954 and 1973.
The new building, announced last year, is expected to offer many improvements, according to a fact sheet provided by the province.
These will include a reduction of patient travel around the building by 40 per cent, and a 25 per cent reduction in energy costs.
The total cost of construction was estimated last year at $100 million, but more precise figures will be released soon.