Back grounder • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • HEALTH CARE IN MANITOBA The official opening of the new Boundary Trails Health Centre took place on May 10, 2001. The total capital cost for the project was approximately $37 million. Manitoba's plan to reduce the wait-list for hip and knee surgeries better utilizes rural operating rooms by increasing the number of surgeries at the Brandon Regional Health Centre and the Boundary Trails Health Centre in Winkler/Morden. The province has also made other recent investments in the Regional Health Authority – Central Manitoba including: a $2.1-million capital investment in a CT scanner for Portage District General Hospital in Portage; and investing more than $930,000 for a new fluoroscopy unit and surgical equipment for the Portage and District Hospital. Since 1999, Manitoba has invested more than $1.1 billion in health capital projects and diagnostic equipment across the province to bring Manitobans better care sooner and closer to home including: investing more than $135 million for the redevelopment of the Health Sciences Centre, the largest redevelopment of a health facility in Manitoba's history; developing a $30-million centre of excellence for cardiac care by consolidating cardiac surgery programs at St. Boniface General Hospital including a new, 15-bed cardiac intensive care unit; investing more than $58 million to redevelop the Brandon Regional Health Centre; expanding and modernizing more than 65 health-care facilities across the province including investing $33 million to rebuild the Swan Valley Health Centre, $13 million to redevelop the Gimli Hospital, $11.2 million to rebuild the Beausejour Hospital and Primary Health Care Centre and $6 million to renovate to St. Anthony’s Hospital in The Pas; investing $23 million to redevelop the Selkirk Mental Health Centre; investing $9 million to build a 35-bed personal-care home in Thompson; building a new $9.7 million personal-care home in The Pas; investing $7 million to redevelop the Westman Laboratory in Brandon, investing $5.2 million in a new renal health and treatment unit at Garden Hill First Nation, the first unit to be located outside a Manitoba hospital and the first in a remote community; . . .2 -2 opening a $1.6-million community health centre in Wabowden; developing a new regional acute-rehabilitation program to help people recover after joint replacement surgeries at the Riverdale Health Centre in Rivers; investing $3.8 million to expand outpatient chemotherapy and obstetric facilities at Steinbach’s Bethesda Hospital; investing more than $13 million to construct a new oncology department and expand the emergency department at Victoria General Hospital; constructing a new five-bed facility in Thompson to provide services to patients with brain injuries in the northern part of the province; investing more than $14-million to expand and upgrade Winnipeg’s Seven Oaks General Hospital emergency department; investing more than $800,000 in construction and operating costs to build a new emergency medical services facility to serve the municipalities of East St. Paul, West St. Paul, St. Andrews and St. Clement; building new community cancer centres in Pinawa, Deloraine, Neepawa, Russell and Hamiota; and investing in diagnostic equipment including: - a $1-million CT scanner for Thompson General Hospital; - a $1.5-million CT scanner at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg; - a $1.6-million CT scanner and computerized radiography unit at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach; - a $1.5-million CT scanner for Selkirk Hospital; - a $3.5-million magnetic resonance imager (MRI) for the Pan Am Clinic in Winnipeg; - a $240,000 ultrasound for Dauphin General Hospital; - a $7-million capital and operating investment for a MRI for the Brandon Regional Health Centre, the first MRI to be located outside of Winnipeg; - a $4-million investment in an MRI for Boundary Trails Health Centre in the Regional Health Authority – Central; - a $381,000 investment in new radiology equipment at health centres in Beausejour, Pinawa and Pine Falls; - a $299,000 investment in ultrasound equipment for Bethesda Hospital; - a $312,000 investment in radiographic suites in Killarney; and - a $302,000 investment in a radiographic system in Neepawa.