Premier Brad Wall was in Saskatoon on Friday for a private tour of Saskatchewan's new maternal and children's hospital construction site. This month, construction of the new facility reached 70 per cent completion. The building is now at its final shape with all levels of the hospital, including the helipad, structurally complete.
The tour included ground floor with stops in pediatric surgery, Children's emergency and Adult emergency. The group moved up through the building to Pediatrics with a stop on the new outdoor play space. Later, after visiting the new Neonatal Intensive care Unit, the tour visited the new helipad, which will have a direct elevator connection into the facility's new emergency departments.
The Government of Saskatchewan is contributing $235.5 million toward the total project cost of $285.2 million, and $21.4 million will come from interest in investments. In addition, the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation is contributing $75 million through its fundraising campaign.
Over the summer, construction crews made significant progress on the interior of the building. That work will continue in the coming months as interior finishes are completed through the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Maternal Services, Pediatrics, along with Pediatric Surgery areas, the new Children's emergency department and the new adjacent Adult emergency department. Later this fall, the exterior building envelop is expected to become watertight, which is a significant construction milestone.
The Jim Pattison Children's Hospital remains on track and is scheduled to open in late 2019.To hear the Premier's comments after the tour, watch this video.
To read the news release, visit saskatchewan.ca