Original release from saskatchewan.ca
Premier Brad Wall today offered an early welcome to residents who will begin moving into The Meadows on June 5, at a celebration of the completion of the new Swift Current long-term care facility.
“The next few months are going to be exciting as more than 200 Swift Current citizens move into their new home, the home they and their families helped design,” Wall said. “The opening of The Meadows is an important milestone for our city and the entire province. The facility is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between families, staff and administration, and it is the first public-private partnership completed in our province. Saskatchewan has a well-earned reputation for innovation and excellence in health care. That spirit is alive and well today. The Meadows is evidence.”
The new, 225 bed long-term care facility was completed on schedule and on budget at the beginning of May 2016. The Meadows replaces three aging long-term care facilities in the community – the Swift Current Care Centre, the Palliser Regional Care Centre and the Prairie Pioneer Lodge.
The Meadows provides 210 long-term care beds (an increase from 198), and an additional 15 beds for respite and palliative care. The facility features a unique design of small resident homes that create a community feel and encourage social interaction among residents and the surrounding community.
“This facility has been an important priority for our region and will be a major improvement for our long-term care residents,” Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon said. “A substantial amount of work has been put behind this project from not only our staff, but also from our residents, family members, patient representatives, and others who were involved in its design. We are very pleased that our first of three move-in days has finally arrived. I would like to thank all of those who have been working tirelessly to prepare The Meadows for this move-in to take place.”
The Meadows is the first completed project in the province to be paid for using a P3 public-private partnership funding model in co-operation with Plenary Group, SaskBuilds and the Cypress Health Region, who will retain ownership and operation of the facility.
Those who will be calling The Meadows home will be moving into the new facility in a three phase transition, with the first residents moving in on June 5. The second phase of move-ins will take place in early August with the final phase occurring mid-September.