Following several days of massive teamwork, the relocation of programs and services from the Maple Creek Hospital to other buildings within the community is now complete.
A decision to close the existing Maple Creek Hospital was made on May 9th due to issues with deteriorating roofing membranes and resulting water penetration into the building. Emphasis was placed on relocating the services to other locations to ensure stable and consistent access to programs and services were available until the new SIHF was ready for occupancy this fall.
Gloria Illerbrun, Executive Director of Health Services for Cypress Health Region, was extremely impressed with the overall teamwork and cooperation from many individuals and organizations during the impromptu transfer. “I cannot extend enough appreciation for the efforts of our Maple Creek staff, managers from throughout the region, community partners, and others for their many efforts over the past number of days,” commented Illerbrun. “Once the decision was made to relocate, alternate locations were quickly identified, and everyone dug in their heels and went to work. It was amazing to watch how everyone banded together to get to where we are today.”
Illerbrun was quick to point out that the Town of Maple Creek was very appreciative of the tough situation that existed and were quick to respond to our needs. “The Town was helpful right from the start and assisted the transition process in so many ways,” added Illerbrun. “We were so thankful for their partnership in making this work.”
The following locations will be providing programs and services until the new Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility (SIHF) is ready for occupancy this fall:
Former TransGas Building – 728 Pacific Avenue
- Emergency outpatient service – 24 hours per day
- Laboratory, x-ray, observation beds, ambulatory care
- Ambulance services – 24 hours per day
Former Royal Bank Building – 202 Maple Street
- Primary Health Care Clinic – physicians, nurse practitioner appointments
Cypress Lodge Nursing Home – Highway #21 South
- Home Care – available in the front offices, located inside main entrance
- Public Health Nursing – available in south solarium area
- Therapies – available in South Wing, follow signage
- Community Health (mental health, addictions, dietitian, etc.) – health provider will give you details on location to meet you.
The health region also would like to acknowledge the many individuals and organizations that provided their assistance and flexibility to reduce the turnaround time in making the programs available once again. Appreciation is extended to the Town of Maple Creek’s Council and staff, TransGas, SaskEnergy, community contractors and service providers, SaskTel, Salvation Army, Cypress Lodge staff and residents, and many others for interrupting your daily routines and re-prioritizing their tasks.
“This relocation of services is a true example of community spirit, partnership, and teamwork in making sure that the resumption of health care provision to residents of Maple Creek and surrounding areas was a top priority,” added Illerbrun. “The staff of Maple Creek and health region is forever grateful.”
Further updates will be provided on the health region’s website at www.cypresshealth.ca and residents are encouraged to visit the website for the latest information on the relocation and the progress on the SIHF construction site.