Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre Announces Commencement of Construction of New Health Centre

    SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - The Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health
Center Board of Directors are pleased to announce that construction contracts
to build the new health care facility have been successfully tendered, and
that the actual building construction is now underway.
    Frank Beardy, Co-Chair of the Board said, "The dream of having a new
hospital in Sioux Lookout, a dream we've all worked on together for the last
20 years and more is today being realized. We've stayed committed to the
dream, and we've worked together through many issues and no matter how tough
the journey got, we stayed together and on track. Today is a day of
celebration, and we will celebrate even more when building is done and we move
into our new facility in 2010."
    "Earlier this spring, the Ontario Minister of Health gave his approval
underlining the shared recognition of the unique needs and issues to northern
community and First Nations health and health care. This new hospital will
help us succeed in addressing key health issues and further improve health
services," said Kai Koivukoski, Co-Chair of the Board.
    Terry Jewell, Chairman of the Facilities Committee, SLMHC, said, "This is
the day we've all waited for and worked so diligently toward, and now it's
finally here! Today is a major milestone as we start building the new health
    "Construction is now underway. The contractors have been onsite and
working at the site during the second week of June," said Mr. Roger Walker,
CEO of SLMHC. He added, "Eighty percent of contracts have been awarded to
Northwestern Ontario firms. This is all very exciting news, and this
definitely will help our economy in the years to come. The project will bring
in over well over 200 construction jobs."
    "We are absolutely grateful and amazed that so many people in our
community believed and worked so hard to raise funds for the new hospital. We
are hoping to meet all of our fund-raising targets for the new building soon.
To everyone who financially contributed and those who will contribute, a very
sincere thank you!" said Marguerite Hoey, SLMHC Foundation Chair.
    Ennis Fiddler, former Chairman of the Board, from his home in Sandy Lake
First Nation added, "With the approval to proceed to build the new hospital
marks the final step to realizing our dream of a quality hospital."
    "When I think of all the years of working together, I remember the
remarkable cooperation of people from different places, First Nations, Town of
Sioux Lookout, the Federal and Provincial Governments - everyone was so
devoted to this dream of a new hospital for all," said Peggy Sanders, former
board member on SLMHC Board and the Foundation Board.
    The new hospital will be about 140,000 square feet, approximately
1 1/2 time the size of the combined 8 existing sites.
    Construction costs on the project are guaranteed to not exceed
$106.8 million under terms of the construction contracts," said Dave Beazley,
Project Manager. He further added, "All key sub-contracts will be finalized
over the next few days based on tenders submitted to Ellis Don Construction as
part of an open bid approach."
    The new building will support 60 in-patient beds. The two existing
hospitals provide 41 beds.
    New services will include a large ambulatory care treatment and
diagnostic area including a visiting specialist clinic area, screening and
diagnostic mammography services, a palliative care area, additional complex
continuing care beds, withdrawal management services, and gathering, waiting
and ceremonial spaces. A CT scanning proposal is awaiting approval.
    The new hospital and health centre will unite all key services on a
single site with a single point of entry.

    Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre provides hospital and other
services to about 30,000 people living in 28 First Nation and 4 other
communities including Sioux Lookout.

    To view the Media Kit, please select the following link:

For further information:

For further information: Doug Moynihan, VP of Corporate Services, Sioux
Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre, Sioux Lookout, ON, P8T 1B4, Telephone (807)
737-3030 ext 3231, e-mail:

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