Renovations at Dauphin Regional Health Centre (DRHC) will increase inpatient capacity and allow for more endoscopies and surgeries to be completed at the site as part of Manitoba’s continued commitment to improving health-care services for all Manitobans. Premier Heather Stefanson and Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon made the announcement December 10,2021.
“These renovations at DRHC follow the opening of a new emergency department, the addition of an MRI and increasing renal capacity at the facility, reflecting our government’s commitment to better health care focused on reduced wait times, improved access and more services closer to home,” Premier Stefanson stated.
The renovations, estimated to cost $5 million, include the relocation of all endoscopy procedures out of the operating rooms and into space vacated two years ago when the new emergency department became operational. The move will allow up to 300 additional endoscopies to be performed at the site each year while freeing up space in operating rooms, which will in turn create opportunity to increase surgical capacity.
Renovations will also include the relocation of the chemotherapy department and additional inpatient capacity.
“Dauphin is the second largest health centre within Prairie Mountain Health and these renovations will help to enhance the network of programs and services for patients in this part of the region,” said Dr. Trina Mathison, site medical lead, Dauphin Regional Health Centre. “The renovated space will allow for a significant increase in the services we provide, further strengthening our ability to provide specialized care for area residents.”
Construction is expected to begin next year and be completed in 2023. The renovations will add to nearly $30 million in renovations completed at the site in recent years, including the addition of MRI services in 2018, the opening of a new emergency department in 2019 and 12 additional spaces for dialysis patients last year.
As first announced in Budget 2021, Manitoba is making a historic $812-million capital investment in building, expanding and renovating health-care facilities across the province in support of Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan. For more information on Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan, click here.
Pictured L-R: Greg Nesbitt (MLA Riding Mountain), Dr. Trina Mathison (DRHC site medical officer), Hon. Audrey Gordon (Minister of Health and Seniors Care), Honourable Premier Heather Stefanson, Brian Schoonbaert, (PMH CEO), Eileen Clarke (MLA Agassiz) and Rick Wowchuk (MLA Swan River). Regrets sent from Dauphin MLA Brad Michaleski