PRINCE ALBERT, SASK. — Crews will soon begin construction on an expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital in northern Saskatchewan.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) awarded the $2 million construction contract to Quorex Construction Services Ltd. of Saskatoon. The project is being paid for by the Prince Albert Victoria Hospital Foundation.
“The Saskatchewan Health Authority conducted a fair, open and transparent procurement process, and we look forward to working with Quorex Construction Services on this new space to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” said SHA vice-president of infrastructure, information and support Andrew Will in a statement.
Crews are looking to complete the work by July of 2021 with a plan to be operational in late summer next year. When complete, the expanded unit will be able to care for 11 medically fragile babies and their families. According to the SHA, Prince Albert supports 1,500 births, as the third largest high risk maternal care site in Saskatchewan.
“This project, which will become a Level 2 NICU, is a key element of the Saskatchewan neonatal network,” said Carrie Dornstauder, SHA executive director of maternal and children’s provincial programs. “In February 2019, a provincial approach to addressing surge capacity for high risk maternal and newborn care was implemented. This approach has nearly eliminated out-of-province and out-of-country transports of mothers and infants, keeping our families here in Saskatchewan. We appreciate the support of this important project by the Saskatchewan government.”