The energy in the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford (SHNB) makes patient Keri feel blessed. She believes the rest of the patients at the provincial psychiatric rehabilitation facility feel the same way.
Keri made the remarks at the official opening of the 284-bed facility that Premier Scott Moe described as “one of the most advanced mental health treatment centres in all of Canada.”
Premier Scott Moe and patient Keri, aided by Battlefords MLA Herb Cox, share the scissors to cut the ribbon declaring the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford officially open.
On behalf of the patients and staff of the hospital, Keri surprised Premier Moe by presenting him with a ceremonial key made by patients and staff. “This is a key to the hospital so that you can come visit us anytime,” she told Premier Moe.
SHNB Patient Keri presents a ceremonial key to Premier Scott Moe, inviting him to come visit the patients and staff any time. The key was made by patients.
Keri, Premier Moe and Battlefords MLA Herb Cox cut the ribbon Friday morning, March 8, declaring the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford officially open. More than a dozen Saskatchewan Cabinet Ministers and MLAs were on hand for the event, along with representatives of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and patients and staff of the hospital. The crowd was estimated at around 400 people.
An estimated 400 people were on hand to celebrate the official opening of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford provincial psychiatric rehabilitation facility.
The event included Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Chief Operating Officer Suann Laurent; Andy Trewick, representing the builder and P3 partner in the project, Graham Construction and Access Prairies Partnership; and former Prairie North Health Region Chief Executive Officer David Fan, who served as emcee.
SHNB Grand Opening celebrations continued with a multicultural spiritual blessing of the new facility.
Premier Moe described the new hospital as “an environment that is perfectly suited for the delivery of progressive and humane psychiatric treatment.”
“For those who come here to deal with their mental health challenges, this beautiful building is more than a hospital…it is a home,” he added.
Premier Moe thanked the hundreds of people involved over many years in the Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford project for playing an important role in bringing the new SHNB to life.
“You have earned the gratitude of the entire province,” the Premier stated. “You steered this project in the right direction.”
Premier Moe concluded, “This hospital, and all those working here, will make a tremendous difference in the lives of hundreds of Saskatchewan families in the years to come.”
On behalf of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, COO Suann Laurent said she was honoured to participate in the once in a lifetime grand opening event. “With great joy, enthusiasm and optimism, we officially open the door to the future of psychiatric rehabilitation services in our province. And that future is incredibly bright!”
Laurent added, “The care and treatment delivered here builds on the best practices of the past, and the potential to develop innovative strategies for best practices in mental health care and treatment into the future. The opportunities for success at the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford are immense!”
These banners capture the sentiments of staff and patients on completion of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford. The banners were hung prominently at the SHNB Grand Opening on March 8. They were made by SHNB Mental Health Therapist Debbie Ross.
The new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford replaces the century-old SHNB. The project is a multi-ministry partnership between the Ministries of Health, Corrections and Policing and Central Services, along with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and SaskBuilds. The facility was built as a public-private partnership (P3) with Access Prairies Partnership and Graham Construction.
The Government committed $407 million for construction of the hospital and its ongoing maintenance for the next 30 years.