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Manitoba seeks input to steer hospital designs

Manitoba seeks input to steer hospital designs
PORTAGE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION—The Portage District General Hospital is getting replaced with a more modern facility. Manitoba officials are looking to the community and healthcare industry to help guide the design of the new hospital and others in the province.

NEEPAWA, MAN.—New hospital designs will be informed by patients, health care workers and local community members, say officials in Manitoba.
The province is encouraging all to provide their input as health system planners make progress on design work for new hospitals in Portage la Prairie and Neepawa,

“Ensuring new health facilities are built to better support the needs of local care providers and the patients they serve every day is an important priority in planning,” said Audrey Gordon, health minister, in a press release. “Building an accessible and culturally safe health system requires the involvement of Manitobans who deliver, support and access care in our communities.”

The minister added the new, modernized health facilities are being built as part of a historic $812-million investment in health infrastructure across the province.

A critical component of the planning for these projects is engagement with the communities these new facilities will serve.

“Residents of Southern Health-Santé Sud come from diverse backgrounds, speak different languages and have unique health needs,” said Jane Curtis, CEO of Southern Health-Santé Sud. “We are pleased to be launching this as the first of a number of opportunities to hear from local populations about how to deliver services in a way that is more accessible to, and inclusive of, the needs of the populations who live in southern Manitoba and the providers who deliver care in Portage la Prairie.”

The province noted current opportunities for engagement are focused on early capital planning efforts, with an emphasis on seeking feedback and input on physical and environmental features including cultural spaces, wayfinding, proximity between outpatient clinics and parking accessibility.

Residents living and accessing care in Portage la Prairie, Neepawa and surrounding communities are invited to complete the first survey to provide input on the design of each hospital:

Portage la Prairie: https://engagemb.ca/portage-district-general-hospital.

Neepawa: https://engagemb.ca/neepawa-health-centre.

Further details on the projects and additional opportunities for input will occur over the coming months with specific emphasis on connecting with local health care workers, patients and their families to inform service delivery planning.

 

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