Major health care capital projects well underway in Brandon
Provincial, regional and local representatives were on hand in Brandon March 29 to participate in groundbreaking ceremonies for key capital projects that are underway at Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC) and the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre (WMCC). The expansion at WMCC, which will include a ‘Centre of Hope’ received a significant contribution of $3.5 million from the Paul Albrechtsen Foundation.
“I am pleased to announce that The Paul Albrechtsen Foundation has donated $3.5 million to establish the Paul Albrechtsen Centre for Hope at the WMCC in Brandon, said Lee Meagher, Chair, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. “This very significant gift enables the construction of this Centre that will be co-located with clinical services, providing the much-needed supportive and emotional care cancer patients and their families deserve,” said Meagher.
The BRHC redevelopment project represents an investment of nearly $110 million and the expansion of the cancer centre is nearly $26 million. Work on the cancer centre is expected to be complete in 2024 while construction at the BRHC will conclude in 2025. Both projects are supported in part by the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation and the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, respectively.
“Our government remains steadfast in our commitment to heal health care in Manitoba, and we providing historic investments to help reduce wait times, improve access and provide more services closer to home,” said Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson. “These significant investments will enhance access to clinical and cancer services for residents in this region, and support the BRHC’s important role as the province’s hub for specialized services in Western Manitoba.
Substantive construction to expand BHRC began in November 2022, following the completion of work on an adjacent parking lot. Piling for the building expansion has since been completed and foundation work is now well underway. When complete, project highlights include:
- 30 additional medicine beds;
- a new, 16-bed intensive care unit, up from the current nine, with additional staffed adult beds to meet the increasing demands of the health region and province; and
- an expanded neonatal intensive care unit.
“Moving forward on these major projects will further enhance the very important roles BRHC and the WMCC play in the provision of specialized services in the region and province,” said Brian Schoonbaert, CEO of Prairie Mountain Health. We sincerely thank our staff and physicians who have been instrumental in providing input and leadership on these improvements and acknowledge, and thank, the BRHC Foundation for their continued dedication and support in related fundraising campaigns.”
Meanwhile, construction crews began mobilizing at WMCC across the street in January, where work on a planned 9,400-square-foot expansion is underway. The contractor is fully mobilized on site, and the excavation has commenced. When complete, the expansion will provide space for:
- additional exam/procedure rooms and treatment spaces;
- a new medical linear accelerator, commonly used for delivering external beam radiation treatments to patients with cancer; and
- a Centre for Hope that will provide supportive care services to Westman patients and families for all cancers, providing a continuum of care that starts at the point of diagnosis and includes education, services, and programming throughout the patient’s cancer journey.
“The expansion of the WMCC to include additional radiation treatment capacity, medical oncology and hematology and the addition of the Centre for Hope enhances our commitment to provide Manitobans with quality care closer to home, integrating clinical care with supportive care at the same location,” said Dr. Sri Navaratnam, president & CEO, CancerCare Manitoba.