By Joel van der Veen
After months of speculation, the future site for the new Moose Jaw hospital was finally announced on Friday afternoon to a room full of dignitaries, members of the media, and health care staff and supporters.
From the sixth floor solarium of the current hospital, John Liguori — executive director of the new hospital project — revealed that the facility will be built on a 30-acre site at the north end of the city.
Five Hills Health Region made a $3.3 million deal to purchase the land from the City of Moose Jaw earlier this month, but the location itself remained a tightly-kept secret until Friday afternoon.
The site straddles Diefenbaker Drive, east of Main Street and south of the Trans-Canada Highway. It is adjacent to the Western Development Museum; also nearby are baseball diamonds, a city reservoir and the Greyson Industrial Park.
Provincial health minister Don McMorris said the announcement comes at an exciting time for Moose Jaw.
“The city and communities around are on a roll,” he said, referring to the opening of Mosaic Place last year and the Warriors’ impressive performance as of late.
For more, see Saturday's edition of the Times-Herald.