Manitoba's Clinical and Preventive Services Plan: Better Health Care for all Manitobans

  • 8/23/21 10:33 AM
  • CCMB Communications & Public Affairs

Investment Will Build, Renew and Expand Sites across Province,
Establish Brandon as Hub for Western Manitoba: Pallister

BRANDON—New, expanded and renovated health-care facilities will support improved access and
better care for all Manitobans with investment in communities across the province, thanks to the
largest capital health commitment in the province’s history, Premier Brian Pallister and Lanette
Siragusa, Manitoba’s chief nursing officer, and Shared Health’s provincial lead of health system
integration and quality, announced today.

“Better health care for all Manitobans, with reduced wait times and improved access with more
services closer to home, requires a bold vision and action plan for a stronger, more prosperous
province,” said Pallister. “Together, we are planning for that future – for our children and our
grandchildren – by listening to our public health-care leaders and the ideas of our doctors, nurses and
other health professionals, and investing in solutions that are made-in-Manitoba for Manitobans.”

Today’s announcement includes a provincial capital investment of an estimated $812 million for
approximately 38 projects, including new facilities, as well as renovations and expansions to existing
infrastructure. Together, these projects will form the foundation of Manitoba’s new Provincial Clinical
Network, a system of health services that will improve access and enhance the quality and reliability
of care while reducing provincial wait times. The clinical network will also reduce the need for many
Manitobans to travel long distances for care by providing more services in a community closer to
home.

These investments have been identified as part of Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan,
Pallister added. Released in November 2019, the plan was developed and led by clinical leaders and
health system experts from across the province. Detailed planning has looked at population growth
and community health needs, distance to specialized 24/7 health services, and the stability and
reliability of the province’s health workforce.

“This is an investment in the equipment, buildings, technology and health-care professionals that will
improve outcomes and better support the needs of all Manitobans,” said Siragusa. “In emergencies,
it’s going to mean reliable access to care with hospital-based and emergency response services that
can be counted on when you need them. For rural and northern communities, it’s going to mean
greater access to health services locally, with increased in-home care and other supports that will
reduce the need for travel and support Manitobans at home, or in the community, for longer.”

Today’s announcement includes nearly $70 million to enhance health services in Brandon,
establishing the Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC) as a centralized hub of specialized services
for western Manitoba. The investment includes funds both for the expansion and renovation of clinical
spaces within the health centre and for enhanced cancer services at the Western Manitoba Cancer
Centre.

The addition and renovations at the BRHC will include:

  • approximately 30 new medicine beds,
  • a new intensive care unit with additional staffed adult beds to meet the increasing demands of the
    health region and the province, and
  • a renovated and expanded neonatal intensive care unit.

“Today’s announcement is the next step for Brandon Regional Health Centre’s exciting future role as
the province’s hub for specialized services in Western Manitoba, said Brian Schoonbaert, chief
executive officer, Prairie Mountain Health. “The enhancements to BRHC’s intensive care unit, the
neonatal intensive care unit and the new medicine beds will provide the necessary infrastructure and
supports to continue to provide exceptional care to our clients, patients and residents.”

The expanded and renovated Western Manitoba Cancer Centre will serve as a regional cancer hub,
providing enhanced cancer services for patients from across western Manitoba. The project will
include:

  • an anticipated 7,000-sq.-ft. expansion as well as renovation of existing space including additional
    exam rooms and treatment spaces; and
  • a new medical linear accelerator (LINAC), commonly used for delivering external beam radiation
    treatments to patients with cancer.

”With the steady rise in cancer incidence, and with more treatment options for cancer, expanding our
ability to deliver quality care closer to home in western Manitoba will be of benefit to patients,” said
Dr. Piotr Czaykowski, chief medical officer, CancerCare Manitoba.

Construction on the Brandon projects is expected to begin next year and be complete by the summer
of 2025, the premier said, adding details on additional projects will be announced over the next
several months.

Today’s announcement also builds on other major infrastructure investments at health facilities
throughout the province in recent years, including construction of the Selkirk Regional Health Centre
and new emergency departments in Flin Flon, The Pas and at Winnipeg’s Grace and St. Boniface
hospitals.

For more information on Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan, visit:
https://sharedhealthmb.ca/wp-content/uploads/CPSP_Overview_NL.pdf

Backgrounder Information:
https://news.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/newslinks/2021/08/BG-CPSP_Brandon-PR-HSC.pdf