The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is proceeding with a provincial budget commitment to develop a new long-term care facility in Meadow Lake. The SHA has issued a call for tenders for construction of a 72-bed long-term care home to replace the 55-bed Northland Pioneers Lodge (NPL).
The new and larger facility will improve access and better meet the needs of local and area residents requiring a high level of continuing care.
“It’s important to our government to better serve long-term care residents living in rural Saskatchewan, including those of Meadow Lake and surrounding communities,” Meadow Lake MLA Jeremy Harrison said on behalf of Rural and Remote Health Minister Warren Kaeding. “This project demonstrates our long-standing commitment, as this facility is the last of the 13 long-term care home replacements our government announced in 2009.”
“Residents, their families and staff at the new home will experience a more comfortable and modern environment,” said Derek Miller, Executive Director Infrastructure Management, SHA. “We are pleased to be moving forward with construction of the new facility in partnership with the City of Meadow Lake, Rural Municipality of Meadow Lake and the Ministry of Health.”
The 2019-20 Saskatchewan budget included $12 million towards finalizing the design and initiating construction for a new long-term care facility in Meadow Lake.
The tender closes on January 30, 2020 with award expected as soon as possible following that date. Construction is to begin early in the new year, with completion in the fall of 2021.
The project is led by the SHA and Ministry of Health. Consultation continues with representatives of the City and RM of Meadow Lake, Flying Dust First Nation, Meadow Lake Tribal Council and other community partners.