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New hospital in Selkirk to be double the size of existing facility

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Construction is to begin this spring on a new hospital in Selkirk.

Health Minister Erin Selby said the construction tender has been awarded to EllisDon corporation.

At 184,870 square feet, the new facility will be double the size of the existing hospital. Services available will include surgery, obstetrics, medicine, emergency, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, community cancer outreach, dialysis, palliative care and MRI imaging.

"This new facility will enhance clinical services and add an MRI facility in the region, supporting quality care for families," Selby said in a news release.

The number of beds will increase to 65 from 51 including 55 medical/surgical beds, six obstetrics beds and four special-care beds. More than 80 per cent of the rooms will be single-bed rooms, compared to 20 per cent in the existing hospital.

The project is expected to be completed in 2017. No cost estimate was provided.

The facility has been designed to support future expansions that may be required to meet the needs of a larger population and to provide additional services, Selby said.

The new health centre will be located between the site of the current hospital at 100 Easton Dr. and the Selkirk Recreation Complex at 180 Easton Dr.

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