The main entrance of the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current will soon be a hub of activity, as the construction of the covered walkway project is set to begin on Oct.9.
Once complete, the enclosed structure will provide patients and visitors with protection from the weather’s elements as they enter the building through the main entrance.
During the construction phase, the main entrance will not be available for accessing the hospital. The entire area will be fenced off by the contractor to ensure that patients’ and visitors’ safety is maintained. All patients and visitors will be redirected to use the Emergency Entrance to enter and leave the hospital. Signage will be available inside and outside the building to assist in redirecting traffic flows through our emergency department waiting area.
“We are very pleased that construction is set to begin,” stated Anita Sagadahl, Director of the Cypress Regional Hospital. “However, there will be some minor inconveniences that our patients and visitors will have to endure during the construction activity, and we will be asking for the public’s support when accessing programs and services within our facility.”
Sagadahl added that once complete, the enclosed walkway will be very much worth the wait as it will provide a much-needed level of safety and comfort for visitors approaching the main entrance of the hospital from the parking lot. Several temporary adjustments to the availability and location of the handicapped parking spots have been identified for use during the construction phase, and visitors should be aware of them as well.
The covered walkway project has been jointly planned and developed by the health region and the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. With a significant financial contribution to the Foundation from the Estate of the late Jessie Alberta Grant and discussions with the Estate’s representatives, the project was determined to be one that Ms. Grant would be proud to support.
“On behalf of the Foundation, we feel this project will be an exciting addition to the Regional Hospital,” commented Clay Thompson, Executive Director for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. “We have had Donors approach us over the years, specifically during and after the winter of 2011, indicating their willingness to support a fundraising effort to have a covering put on the main entrance to the hospital. This told us there was a need for this type of covering to be put in place. Assuming Mother Nature gives us a reasonable amount of time this fall, the covering should be complete and ready for those cool winter breezes that will soon become all too familiar to us.”
Thompson also acknowledged the tremendous support from the late Ms. Jessie Grant in the original planning for the project.
“In addition, while we do not need to approach the public for support relative to construction of the covering thanks to the generosity of the late Ms. Grant, there are opportunities for the public to get involved with the project. We would encourage the public to call our office at 778-3314, or stop by at 2051 Saskatchewan Drive, to talk with us as to how we might work together to have this project become even more than simply protection from those cold winter winds.”
Construction is anticipated to last until mid-December.