Saskatchewan Hospital

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Saskatchewan Hospital
Geography
Location North Battleford Crown Colony, Saskatchewan, Canada
Coordinates 52°44′14″N 108°15′37″W / 52.73722°N 108.26028°W / 52.73722; -108.26028Coordinates: 52°44′14″N 108°15′37″W / 52.73722°N 108.26028°W / 52.73722; -108.26028
Organization
Care system Public
Funding Government hospital
Hospital type Mental health
Network Prairie North Health Region
Services
Beds 156
History
Founded 1913
Links
Lists Hospitals in Canada

Saskatchewan Hospital was the first mental health hospital to be built in Saskatchewan, Canada.[1] Prior to being established patients were sent to hospitals in Manitoba. The first superintendent of the hospital was James Walter MacNeill. The number of patients peaked at over 4,000 in 1946, with the advent of community care throughout the province the number of patients in the facility had dropped to under 300 by 1980.[2]

The current hospital is located at 1 Jersey Street in the North Battleford Crown Colony, a census subdivision adjacent to the City of North Battleford.[3][4] The current building, a large pavilion-style mental institution, was built between 1911 and 1913 and has 156 beds.

New SHNB[edit]

New SHNB under construction, July 2016
New SHNB under construction, July 2016

In 2011, the provincial government announced plans to construct a new building to house the hospital.[5][6] Construction began in summer 2015 and is on-time and on-budget to be complete in June 2018.[7]

New SHNB promises a number of modernizations to improve patient care, including:

  • 32 more beds (an increase from 156 to 188),
  • A 96-bed secure facility for offenders with mental health needs,
  • A "home-like" rather than institutional atmosphere,
  • Scenic placement on the North Saskatchewan river with maximized views of nature from inside, and
  • A cogeneration system to reduce its environmental footprint.[8]

The Government of Saskatchewan committed $407 million to the project in 2015, which covers design, construction, and 30 years of maintenance.[9] Of this, approximately $222 million is attributable to construction on a facility large enough to cover 5 football fields.[10]

The project is proceeding as a public-private partnership (P3). Financial analysis by Ernst & Young indicated a P3 would save $90 million (18%) over the life of the project, versus a typical government-led project. The public retains full ownership and the health region will continue to provide care services.[11] Design, construction, and maintenance are the responsibility of a group named Access Prairies Partnership, led by Graham and Carillon Canada.

Construction is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs in the province.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Colin. "MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. University of Regina. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  2. ^ Smith, Colin. "MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. University of Regina. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Guide to the Mental Health Services Act" (PDF). Government of Saskatchewan. 2015. p. 59. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Census Profile - Map : North Battleford, Crown colony (Census Subdivision), Saskatchewan". Statistics Canada. November 22, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  5. ^ "PREMIER ANNOUNCES REPLACEMENT OF SASKATCHEWAN HOSPITAL NORTH BATTLEFORD". Press Release. Government of Saskatchewan. August 18, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  6. ^ "New psychiatric hospital announced for North Battleford, Sask.". Global Saskatoon News. Shaw Media. August 18, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  7. ^ "Province gives $155-M boost to Saskatchewan Hospital build". battlefordsNOW. 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  8. ^ "Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford Project • SaskBuilds". saskbuilds.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  9. ^ "Ernst & Young Reports P3 Saves $90 Million on New Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan". Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  10. ^ "Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford Project | New Health Care Facilities | Government of Saskatchewan". Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  11. ^ "SHNB Value for Money Report" (PDF). SaskBuilds.ca. Ernst & Young. 
  12. ^ "Construction One Step Closer: Partner Team Chosen for the New Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan". Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 

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