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Residents Celebrate the Grand Opening of Swift Current’s New Long-Term Care Facility

Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit joined residents at The Meadows today to celebrate the official opening of the award-winning, long-term care facility in Swift Current.

“This innovative new facility is an excellent example of our government’s commitment to patient-centred care,” Ottenbreit said. “With residents, families and staff all involved in the design, the result is this beautiful and modern long-term care facility that more than 200 residents are now calling home.”

The Meadows project recently received a silver award in the infrastructure category from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (P3) during its 2016 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in P3s. The award panel recognized the project for its home-like design and the high level of engagement from local businesses.

The new 225 bed long-term care facility is the first completed project in the province using a P3 funding model in co-operation with Plenary Group, SaskBuilds, and the Cypress Health Region. It was completed on schedule and on budget at the beginning of May 2016.

“It’s a very exciting day for our region as we officially open The Meadows, our beautiful new home-like long-term care facility,” Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon said. “The Meadows has been an important project and is a vast improvement over the facilities that it replaces. I extend my sincere appreciation to all of those who have been involved in bringing this project to life.”

The transition and move into the new facility was complete mid-September this year. 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 Pioneers Lodge.

The Meadows Receives Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service

Deputy Premier Don Morgan on behalf of Premier Brad Wall announced the four teams and two individuals who will receive the 2016 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service for their outstanding work this evening.

“It is a great privilege to acknowledge the 2016 award recipients,” Morgan said.  “Our province is fortunate to have such dedicated, innovative and compassionate public servants working hard for the citizens of Saskatchewan.”The Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service recognizes employees of the Saskatchewan public service for exceptional work in the categories of Innovation, Quality Service and Leadership.
The 2016 individual and team recipients are:
  • Krystal Aulie, Outstanding Agriculture Advocacy, Ministry of Agriculture (Leadership);
  • Sameema Haque, Saskatchewan Asbestos Registry, Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety (Quality Service);
  • 2015 Wildfire Season Team, Ministry of Environment (Quality Service);
  • Self-Directed Funding Joint Committee Team, Ministry of Social Services (Innovation);
  • Inter-Ministry Response Team to La Loche, Ministry of Education (Quality Service); and
  • Swift Current Long-Term Care Centre Project Team, SaskBuilds (Innovation).

Generally, individuals or teams from provincial government ministries, some Treasury Board Crown corporations, boards, commissions and agencies are eligible for nomination by the public service, stakeholder organizations, clients and citizens.  An independent committee makes the selections.

A ceremony will be held in the new year to recognize the broader Inter-Ministry Response Team to LaLoche.  The team is made up of approximately 350 people from across Saskatchewan, including non-public servants, who will receive honourable mentions.

The Meadows Award:

The Swift Current long term care centre, known as The Meadows, was finished on-time and on budget in April 2016. The province’s first public private partnership (P3), it brought together SaskBuilds, the Ministry of Health, and the Cypress Health Region with the private sector in a collaborative process. A participatory design process used feedback from residents, families, and staff to create a home-like atmosphere and innovations to improve care. Taxpayers also saved $16 million dollars as a result of the P3 procurement due to lower construction and maintenance costs, the integration of project life cycle phases, and the effective transfer and management of risks. It was both a test and validation of the P3 model in Saskatchewan as it concerns the procurement of large and complex capital assets.

Team Lead:

  • Rupen Pandya, President and CEO, SaskBuilds

SaskBuilds Team Members:

  • Lisa Boire, Executive Vice-President, Operations (former)
  • Miranda Brown, Senior Project Consultant
  • Teresa Florizone, Vice-President, Corporate Services and CFO
  • Sarah Harrison, Vice-President, Operations and Engagement
  • Rick Hischebett, Crown Counsel (former)
  • Sharon Lejeune, Administrative Assistant
  • Jenna Mouck, Project Director (former)
  • Penelope Popp, Project Director (former)
  • Reagan Reese Seidler, Director, Strategy and Engagement
  • Michelle Sieffert, Executive Assistant
  • Donna-Joy Tuplin, Executive Director, Finance (former)
  • Jill Zimmer, Project Director

Ministry of Health Team Members:

  • Cindy Fedak, Director, Operations and Internal Audit
  • Julianne Jack, Director, Regional Services, Communications Branch
  • Allan MacArthur, Health Facility Planner (former)
  • Linda Restau, Director, Continuing Care and Rehabilitation
  • Lorri Thacyk, Director, Regional Services (former)
  • Brad Williams, Director, Capital Asset Planning

Honourable Mention:

  • Michelle Aldag, Manager, Cypress Health Region
  • Larry Allsen, CFO and Vice-President, Corporate Services, Cypress Health Region
  • Dwight Booth, Director, Cypress Health Region
  • Brad Boutilier, Corporate Relations Coordinator, Cypress Health Region
  • Carol Hildebrand, Director, Support Services and Projects, Cypress Health Region
  • Renee Hovdestad, Health Services Manager, Cypress Health Region
  • Tyler Kannenberg, Director, Human Resources, Cypress Health Region
  • Chanda Legare, Administrative Assistant, Cypress Health Region
  • Rick Lowe, Regional Manager, Cypress Health Region
  • Brian Manning, President and CEO, SaskBuilds (former)
  • Bryce Martin, Vice-President Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Cypress Health Region
  • Colleen Minken, Executive Assistant, Cypress Health Region
  • Baron Rackow, Support Services Manager, Cypress Health Region
  • Ken Rudd, Director, Capital and Projects, Cypress Health Region
  • Anita Sagadahl, Director, Acute Care and Long-Term Care, Cypress Health Region
  • Brenda Schwan, Vice-President, Continuing Care, Cypress Health Region
  • Beth Vachon, CEO, Cypress Health Region

For more information on the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/honoursawards.

The Meadows Wins National Award from Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2016  – The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) is proud to announce that The Meadows, Swift Current Long-Term Care Centre is the Silver Award recipient in the Infrastructure category of the 2016 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (P3s).

The Meadows replaces three aging facilities in the region adding beds for long term and palliative care. It significantly modernized the delivery of health services in southwest Saskatchewan.

The Meadows is Saskatchewan’s first P3 project.  The Design Build Finance and Maintain project had a total cost of $ 108.5 million and a Value for Money saving of $ 16.5 million.

The success of The Meadows demonstrates the benefits often attributed to the P3 model – cost-savings; on-time, on-budget delivery; and design innovations. Positive feedback received upon completion of this project proves that P3s have earned their place in the Saskatchewan market.

The Awards Panel was impressed with the “human design” of the project – moving away from institutional facilities towards family design and the integration of inter-generational elements. Panelists also applauded the high level of local contractor and community involvement.

The CCPPP National Awards will be presented on Monday, November 14th, 2016 at the 24th Annual CCPPP National Conference – INNOVATING OUR FUTURE at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto.

“The Meadows was our first P3. This award again confirms it was the right choice. The whole community worked together and they created a world class facility.  My regards go to every resident, nurse, local business and friend of the project that made The Meadows a success.”

  • Gordon Wyant, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds

“The Meadows is a landmark project that demonstrates exemplary innovation and partnering between the Province of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health, SaskBuilds, the Cypress Region and Plenary Health. We are thrilled that it has been recognized with an award from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Congratulations to the entire team for achieving a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership for the Province of Saskatchewan,”

  • Mike Marasco, CEO Plenary Concessions

Saskatchewan has been one of the most active P3 markets in Canada. It has quickly developed nine projects at the provincial and municipal levels in a variety of sectors. Each of these P3 projects has demonstrated hundreds of millions of dollars in savings and innovatively addressed the needs of communities across the province.”

  • Mark Romoff, CCPPP President and CEO

Celebrating Completion of Swift Current’s New Long Term Care Facility

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.

Public Tour Dates Announced for The Meadows

Public tours of The Meadows, Swift Current’s new 225-bed long term care facility, will be available on May 31, June 1 and 2. The tours will provide an opportunity for the public to receive an advanced internal viewing of the beautiful new facility prior to resident occupancy.

The walking tours will be approximately 45 minutes in length with morning, afternoon, and evening opportunities available on each of the three tour dates. Up to 20 tours will be offered each day to ensure that anyone interested in a preview of the new facility will have an opportunity at a time that fits into their schedule.

Pre-registration for public tours is required. Pre-registration will help to maintain the safety and security of all tour participants and will also ensure that there are an appropriate number of participants in each tour.

For those interested in signing up for a tour they must pre-register by phone or email. Please call 306-778-5121 or email themeadowstour@cypressrha.ca to discuss the various date and time options and to book your spot.

Following the completion of public tours the health region will begin its three-phase transition plan into the new facility. The move-in plan will see all residents of the Prairie Pioneers Lodge and additional residents from the Swift Current and Palliser Regional Care Centre’s move into the new facility on Sunday, June 5. Remaining residents of the Swift Current Care Centre will move on Sunday, August 7 and the Palliser Regional Care Centre will complete its move on Sunday, September 18. Sundays were carefully selected as the most appropriate date so that, where possible, family members may be present to assist their loved ones.

Premier Wall On-Site for Handover of Keys at The Meadows

Construction of a new regional long term care facility located in Swift Current known as “The Meadows” is complete, on-time and on-budget.  Premier Brad Wall was on hand today as builders officially handed keys over to the Cypress Health Region, who own and will operate the facility.

“Long-term care residents in Swift Current and area present and future now have an outstanding new facility to call home,” Wall said.  “The Meadows together with the excellent team of professionals that will work here will ensure we are offering the best long term care possible.”

Using a public-private-partnership, or P3 model saved $16 million compared to what the project would have cost using traditional procurement models.  The Meadows will provide 225 long-term care beds in a single community for seniors, compared to the 198 beds provided previously by three facilities, and employ an additional 79 full-time equivalents.  The Meadows was designed with the involvement of staff, patients and families.

“The Meadows is a beautiful, well designed facility that is going to provide long-term care residents with the home-like model of care we are striving to achieve,” Cypress Health Region CEO Beth Vachon said.  “We continue to work hard preparing our three phase transition plan into the new facility and are very excited to be welcoming our residents into their new homes starting in early June.”

Construction of the 227,000 square foot facility, recently named The Meadows by the board of the Cypress Health Region, was built with majority Saskatchewan participation and created an estimated 500 jobs in the province.  Thirty-two Saskatchewan businesses were involved the project, making up 72 per cent of all business involved.  Ten were from Swift Current.

“I congratulate everyone who contributed their expertise to this project talent,” Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce CEO Clayton Wicks said.  “From surveying to the masonry, The Meadows is an exhibit of Saskatchewan.  That’s the value in having so many Swift Current companies involved.   We worked knowing The Meadows will be home to people we care about.”

The design and construction phase was monitored throughout the combined design and construction phase by SSA Quantity Surveyors Ltd., an independent expert certifier responsible for verifying and certifying the work was completed as required in the project agreement.

“As the Independent Certifier for the project, we have certified that design and construction of the new facility was completed as set out in the project agreement,” SSA Quantity Surveyors Ltd. Senior Principal Tim Spiegel said.

The health region will now begin furnishing the homes, familiarizing staff to the new facility and moving in residents.  A formal grand opening is expected in the coming weeks.  Additional fundraising for furnishings will be led by the Dr. Noble Irwin Healthcare Foundation.

New 225-Bed Swift Current Long Term Care Facility Name: The Meadows

A motion was made at the April 13 Regional Health Authority Meeting to name the new 225-bed long term care facility in Swift Current as The Meadows.

The Meadows is nearing construction completion and is attached to the existing Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current.  The facility will replace the three existing long term care facilities in the community: Palliser Regional Care Centre, Prairie Pioneers Lodge, and the Swift Current Care Centre.

Read more information about the new facility.