Aside from the great amount of planning and preparations that are required for the design and construction of a new health facility, there is much off-site planning that has to occur as well. The construction of the new Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility (SIHF) in Maple Creek is progressing at a steady pace, but there are many efforts taking place away from the site’s location that are important elements of the overall project.
Request for Artwork
The design of the new integrated facility includes many unique and innovative aspects that are intended to complement the healing environment provided within. With the desire to further supplement the interior design, the Cypress Health Region has formed a partnership with the artistic community in Southwest Saskatchewan to see this exciting new facility outfitted with beautiful artworks created by local artists.
The Health Region and SIHF Art Foundation have put out an open call for the artistic community across the southwest to submit their works of art for consideration. If you, or someone you know, have a piece of artwork that could be considered for this project, you are encouraged to visit the health region’s website and complete the ‘Artwork Donation Form’. This webpage also provides additional information and guidelines for the contributions of artwork, the review process for acceptance of the artwork, and charitable tax implications.
“Effective healthcare environments have been linked to natural light sources, engaging pieces of artwork that are visible to patients and visitors, and connections to nature,” says Kim Swanson, Health Services Manager in Maple Creek. “These elements can have a direct impact on healthcare outcomes for patients, residents, and caregivers alike. Positive impacts on the mental and emotional wellbeing can lead to increased physical recovery times, and so we feel that the artwork project will be a great addition to our new facility’s environment.”
Connie Phillips and Meryl Stock are two of the local artists that provided their support for the initiation of the artwork project and they were very excited to be involved in the initial planning stages for the display of artwork in the new integrated facility. “This project will allow the artistic community to be more involved in our new health care facility,” commented Stock. “It will be an honour for artists to have their paintings and other artwork on display for the community to see, but I feel that it will serve an even greater purpose for the patients, residents and visitors. The beauty and meaning of the artwork will have a positive healing effect on people, temporarily take their minds off of their troubles, and increase their overall emotional wellbeing.”
The artwork project will result in another example of how the newest health facility in southwest Saskatchewan will serve to enhance the experience of our patients, caregivers, and increase quality of life for our long term care residents.
Equipment Storage Requirements
An essential element of the transition into a new health facility is the procurement and purchase of equipment and furnishings that are required. Following the identification of the items to be purchased, the health region’s Materials Management department has provided their expertise in initiating the complicated procurement process with suppliers to ensure the products will be available on time to be installed into the new facility.
One of the outstanding issues identified was having sufficient and appropriate space to store the items until they were needed in the new facility. The Town of Maple Creek quickly stepped up to the plate, realizing that this need could be accommodated within their existing plans to update their storage facilities for Town-related equipment and supplies.
The Town was planning to construct a storage facility for their needs but offered to speed up the construction process and make it available to the Region for the SIHF-related storage requirements. The storage building offers a clean climate-controlled environment within a secure compound, one that is accessible on a regular basis, and close to the SIHF construction site.
The ability to store the equipment and furnishings close by the construction site will ensure that the items are readily available when it is time to deliver and install them into the new facility. This will further reduce any delays in preparing for the transition into the new site and means that the items will be there when needed.
Fundraising efforts continue for the acquisition of equipment and furnishing needs for the facility. The Southwest Healthcare Trust is actively involved in the efforts and more information can be found from visiting their website at www.swhealthcaretrust.ca.
Construction on the new SIHF is progressing rapidly and there are noticeable changes to the internal and external environments on a regular basis. The public are encouraged to regularly visit the Health Region’s website at www.cypresshealth.ca to view the on-site camera which provides a real-time view of the construction site and other updates on the project’s progress.