North end site selected for new city hospital

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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.

Organizations: Moose Jaw hospital, Trans-Canada Highway, Western Development Museum Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Greyson Industrial Park

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  • lucky
    April 19, 2012 - 11:54

    okay it is one thing to say the Mosaic Place is doing great then turn around and ask for money for the year, that seems to imply it is not. Because if it was why ask for money. And a business as a whole should not think after one year that they are doing great , I as many others want to see in 10 years if it is great then when the new thing is over. As for the hospital and it's location the area picked seems ideal. However, I do agree with the road problem will they be roads then , lol

  • Johnathon J
    April 17, 2012 - 22:11

    The fact mosiac place has been a success has alot to do with the moose jaw warriors winning as they've done. It's far to early to guage how well this facility has done, that will take several years to determine that. I can't help but wonder what will happen when the local team is not doing well and the place is only one third full and that WILL happen. So don't get to excited people time may be the only determining factor.

  • Stu Griffin
    April 16, 2012 - 13:33

    I find it odd that Mr. McBride now resides in Regina. Mosiac place has been a great success, just ask anyone who sits on the MOB board. The only reason things are happening here is because they are happening all over Sask. The provincial Gov't has made ole Moose Juice look good so credit should go to them and certainly not anything our City officials have done. The Provincial Gov't would have made a deceased cat in a box look good.

  • Paul McBride
    April 15, 2012 - 21:27

    Its great to see good things happening to Moose Jaw.Its been a long time comin as i,m originally from Moose Jaw but now reside in Regina.Mosaic Place has been a huge success and now the new hospital.People shouldnt complain about ocation as you can get anywhere in 10 mins.Just be happy the city is movin forward and just maybe it will keep the young people around.

  • dar
    April 15, 2012 - 09:13

    I didn't think they could possibly get it wrong, but they fooled me again. In my mind, it had to be south of Sobeys, or south of the prairie oasis trailer court. Lots of room. Good drainage. Close to shopping, New hotel being built. On a bus route. Easy access, and on one of those all important "Priority 1" snow removal routes. The decision has me wondering if FHHR was given any choices at all. or were they told that this lot was available because no business would ever try and set up in such a poor location. So... we now have a new hockey rink, and in a few years will have a new hospital. I hope by then we have a street left to get to them on.

  • Warrior fanatic
    April 14, 2012 - 00:02

    I'm not saying its a bad location or a great location. This is just a comment. It's interesting that the location is completely off to the side of 100% of the citys population as they could have placed it, not in a more central location. It is located, and barely at that, on one major artery that being #1 highway, which really isn't an artery at all, instead of either 9th east or west or Main St. Was the Five Hills Heath Region mostly concerned with quick access from points due west, east or north of MJ? So now let's see what comments this observation congers up.