New Community Health Centre Officially Opened In Ilford

Manitoba News Release
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November 9, 2007

A new, $1.4-million community health centre was opened in Ilford today, ensuring better care continues to be available sooner and closer to home for residents of the remote community, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.”It’s important that all Manitobans have access to health-care services no matter where they live and we’re proud to have worked with the region and the community to build this new community health centre,” said Oswald.  “This station will enable staff to provide quality care to area residents in a modern facility, featuring properly-designed patient examination rooms, enhanced wheelchair access and secure supply storage areas.”

A public health nurse and community health worker will provide basic primary, public and emergency health services.  In addition, staff from the Burntwood Regional Health Authority will travel to Ilford regularly to provide:

– diabetes programs including dietician support,
– foot care,
– pharmacy support, and
– mental-health programs.

“The Burntwood Regional Health Authority is proud to officially open the Ilford Community Health Centre today,” Marie O’Neill, chief executive officer.  “This new facility will enhance the health care of residents in their own community with a modern, spacious centre we can all be proud of.”

The project’s contractor, Penn-Co Construction, working with the Burntwood Regional Health Authority, War Lake First Nation and Manitoba Competitiveness, Training and Trade, also provided an innovative workplace training component to the project.  Five level one carpenter apprentices from the War Lake First Nation were able to work on the construction of the new station and acquire over 600 hours each in their apprenticeship programs.

“The construction of the community health centre was a positive partnership between government, Penn-Co Construction and our community with benefits to everyone involved,” said Chief Betsy Kennedy of the War Lake First Nation.  “On behalf of the community, I want to say how proud we are of our members who helped to build this much needed and excellent facility for our community.”

The War Lake First Nation contributed funding to the training program.

“Through this project, community members were able to gain valuable work experience while working on a building that will benefit all area residents,” said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Ashton, speaking in Ilford today.  “Linking training opportunities to capital projects is just one example of innovative ways that we are developing our human resources in the north, as set out in the Northern Development Strategy.”

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