© Times-Herald photo by Joel van der Veen
The site for Moose Jaw's new hospital was announced Friday. Pictured visiting the site are Moose Jaw Mayor Glenn Hagel, Five Hills Health Region board chair Betty Collicott and CEO Cheryl Craig, health minister Don McMorris, MLAs Warren Michelson and Greg Lawrence and Moose Jaw Health Foundation executive director Kelly McElree.
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.