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A new $5.5-million clinic at Health Sciences Centre that will consolidate kidney-transplant services under one roof is expected to streamline the process for Manitobans waiting for live-saving surgery.
The Ambulatory Care Clinic, which was announced Thursday, is expected to open in 2020 and provide pre- and post-surgery treatment. It will increase the number of transplants from about 50 annually to as many as 70.
Two anonymous donors contributed $3 million to the project. The provincial government will cover the remaining $2.5 million.
The clinic should save the health-care system up to $40 million per year, largely in dialysis costs, Health Minister Cameron Friesen told a crowd assembled for the announcement at the third-floor construction site.
"This is very much in line with the model that our government continues to describe, for a more aligned, a more coherent health-care centre," he said. "One that puts the patient at the centre of health care for all Manitobans."
Premier Brian Pallister said one of the clinic's aims is to help decrease transplant wait times, which are among the highest in the country. The Kidney Foundation of Canada lists Manitoba's median wait time in 2016 at 5.7 years.
"We know that we can do more to provide quality care for patients," Pallister said.
After surviving end-stage kidney failure in 2012 and receiving a live transplant from her sister the following year, Linda Edwards appreciates what she calls life's "simple pleasures" even more.
They include time spent playing with her grand-nephew, long walks with her husband and their dog and feeling great after a workout.
"There’s not a day that goes by where I’m not grateful for my post-transplant life," she said.
"And to all those people who walked with me, walked with me through my journey with my transplant and continue to support me to today, they are a fantastic team and I owe them my wonderful life.... Thank you from the bottom of my heart and my kidney."
Updated on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 5:26 PM CDT: Adds photo