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Old Posted Jul 5, 2008, 1:33 PM
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Some news out of Humboldt. Finally after what seems like decades, actually 6-7 years construction will soon begin.


Construction of Humboldt hospital set to begin
The StarPhoenix
Published: Saturday, July 05, 2008
Final approval has been given for construction of a new $40-million hospital in Humboldt.

Wright Construction was awarded the contract on Friday after financing details were finalized. The provincial cabinet approved $2.7 million in additional funding last week.

"The government wants to see this project move ahead without delay," Health Minister Don McMorris said in a news release.

"Residents and visitors will be well-served in the Humboldt area by this new health-care facility." Twenty-nine area municipalities are contributing a total of $13.3 million to the project, which will replace the aging current facility.

Construction on the 80,000-square-foot building is expected to begin soon and be completed by fall 2010.

"This is a great day for all of us," said Humboldt Mayor Malcolm Eaton.

"This facility sends a signal to investors that there is a long-term commitment to quality services for their employees and area residents." According to the news release, the new hospital will house acute-care services including expanded services for ambulatory care, outpatient and emergency, therapies, diagnostic and lab services, chemotherapy and clinic space for visiting specialists.

The building will also include community health services such as home care, public health, mental health, addiction services and health promotion.

Officials say locating acute and community-based services together will improve access and allow greater co-ordination.

The existing building was constructed in 1955, with an addition in 1967.
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