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ACCESS NorWest centre opens

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It was expected to open at the end of 2011, but last week provincial officials held an official ribbon cutting and grand opening of ACCESS NorWest at the corner of Keewatin Street and Burrows Avenue.

On Thur., April 25, Premier Greg Selinger and Health Minister Teresa Oswald were on hand to open the $4.7 million facility, which will include close to 100 health professionals.

The centre is expected to offer a range of medical services — including diabetes supports, vocational rehab, Aboriginal health outreach and family violence counselling — to up to 2,500 people in the Lord Selkirk, Tyndall Park, Gilbert Park and surrounding neighbourhoods.

"ACCESS NorWest reaches community members at all stages of life," Nancy Heinrichs, executive director of NorWest Community Health Centre, said in a release.

The facility, which includes a community kitchen, was announced in July 2010 as a plan to integrate medical services and community-based services under one roof. Officials pegged the costs of the centre then at $4.2 million.

The centre has a satellite location at the Bluebird Lodge Seniors Home at 100-97 Keewatin St., which opened last September.

— Staff

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