More steps forward for Swift Current's Long Term Care Facility

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Cypress Health Region

September will be an important month for Swift Current's Long Term Care project, with a series of key dates and milestones over the coming days.

September 8 is the date where both sides signing off on the Project Agreement forms, and after getting these contracts signed with Plenary Group, the project will proceed with financial close on Sept. 10 which will allows the Plenary Group to proceed with financing.

"We will actually start to see mobilization of the site on Sept. 15, or in that week. So that's exciting when you actually start to see equipment on the site and movement starting to happen," Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon said following last Wednesday's board meeting.

Back in July it was announced that Plenary Group beat out two other bids to secure the contract to construct a new 225 bed long-term care facility in Swift Current.

Vachon is also excited that a trio of full room mock ups will be created at Walker Place, showing the actual design and full features of a Palliative Care Room, a Long Term Care Room, and a Kitchen.

"It allows us to actually go in with wheelchairs and walkers and make sure that it's working the way we need it to work," she said.

"You can see pictures and it never gives you that same sense as when you're actually able to walk into a room and get a feel for it and how big it is, and where a bed might be. So I think that goes a long way in providing that visual for our staff, our residents, their families and the public. It will be good to have those done so we can start using them and showing them off a little bit," Vachon added.

"From September to December we will be finishing up the design drawings and development, and making sure that all of the things that we need to provide care in the way that we want to are incorporated in. It's just really putting those finishing touches on everything."

"It's going to be a busy, busy winter with the construction starting and the work that we need to do. We're very excited."

Cypress Regional Health Authority Chairperson Tyler Bragg continues to remain confident that the final commitments to complete the regional funding for the project will be pledged soon.

"As much as we'd like to have it all in place right now, I'm pretty confident that in the near future we'll be able to say that we've raised the $15.7. We don't have to have the funds available until the spring of 2016. But having said that, we need to be able to say that we do have those funds in place," Bragg said.

The financial close for the project is next Wednesday when they will sign all the necessary documents and move forward, but area partners do have to come up with the final funding by the spring of 2016.

"I'm not worried about it in the least. Our communities are going to step up and make sure that we fill that $2.4 million shortfall," he said.

"There's no contingency. We will raise it. Every other community in this province has had to raise 20 per cent community share for their facility. There's no reason why we would be expected to have an exception to the rule, so we will raise that 20 per cent."

Organizations: Plenary Group, Cypress Regional Health Authority, Cypress Health Region

Geographic location: Swift Current

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