The Cypress Regional Hospital has reached a significant milestone today as this date ten years ago saw the facility receive its first inpatients. Ten years later the facility has served the medical needs of thousands of patients, positioning itself as the anchor of acute care services in southwest Saskatchewan.
The move from the now-demolished Swift Current Union Hospital to the Cypress Regional Hospital was the culmination of more than 16 months of planning. The transition between the two facilities lasted several weeks with the actual movement of inpatients spanning a brief four hour timeline on April 27, 2007. Many staff lent helping hands during the transition.
Jim Hornell, former CEO of the Cypress Health Region and current President/CEO of Brant Community Healthcare System in Brantford, Ontario, has fond memories of the exciting move.
“I recall a quiet calm in the day or two leading into the big move and a quiet confidence knowing the strong capacities of the team doing the preparations, planning, and potential scenarios that were playing out in our heads. I also remember the ambulances at the old facility taking patients out when usually they were dropping them off. I recall walking through the recently vacated hospital that now looked so empty and thoroughly used and depleted. It had done its job over the years and served the area so well, but we had a marvelous new facility that worked and the move was seamless and highly efficient.”
Built by Dominion Construction, the Cypress Regional Hospital includes over 160,000 square feet of space and is used to deliver key acute care services to residents of the Cypress Health Region. These services include chemotherapy, renal dialysis, intensive care, cardiac rehabilitation, obstetrics, surgery, therapies, radiology including computerized tomography (CT) scans, medical/surgical, mental health, and many others. There are approximately 600 employees that work in the facility.
Since its opening the Regional Hospital has been a staple to the delivery of acute health services in the Cypress Health Region. During its first 10 years in existence the Cypress Regional Hospital has had:
- 558,215 outpatient visits including
- 428,158 lab/diagnostic imaging
- 26,758 physiotherapy
- 20,696 renal dialysis
- 14,057 cardiac lab
- 11,182 chemotherapy
- 1,737 Telehealth sessions
- 173,678 visits to the emergency room
- 24,689 surgeries
- 4,018 births
The formal grand opening of the facility was held on September 20, 2007 and included presentations from then Minister of Health Len Taylor, Ron Heeg on behalf of the Cypress Regional Health Authority, Sandy Larson as Mayor of Swift Current, Joan Meyer as Chairperson of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, and Jim Parsons as Reeve of the RM of Swift Current.
The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation organized donor funds that contributed to the equipping and furnishing of the facility. The Toward Healthcare Excellence (THE) Campaign reached its $7.5 million goal in 18 short months. Distinguished philanthropists included Mr. Ted Hanlon and his donation of $1 million, and the Swift Current Greek Orthodox Community and participating Credit Unions of Southwest Saskatchewan who each donated $250,000. Hundreds of other donors also participated in THE Campaign through personal/corporate/estate donations, a Believe in Miracles telethon, a community lottery, a Night Out in Greece, and others. The Foundation and its donors have continued to support the Regional Hospital since its opening with the purchase of a new CT scanner, a holmium laser, creating a digital mammography unit, and constructing a covered walkway, among others.
The Cypress Regional Hospital is now connected to The Meadows long-term care facility. The Meadows was built on a 15 acre parcel of land that was purchased prior to construction of the Hospital with the goal that acute care and long-term care services in Swift Current could one day be combined under one roof. This visionary goal now represents reality for residents of southwest Saskatchewan.