Battlefords MLA Herb Cox rose in the legislature Monday to recognize another major financial boost for the Saskatchewan Hospital New Beginnings campaign.
This time it was a donation of $150,000 from Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life towards the new hospital. Here is a transcript of Cox’s remarks from Monday as recorded in Hansard.
Mr. Cox: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today I would like to recognize Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life for their generous donation of $150,000 to support the new Sask Hospital North Battleford. Their donation supports the Saskatchewan Hospital New Beginnings campaign to raise $8 million for medical equipment and furnishings for that facility. In recognition of their support, the fitness room in the new provincial psychiatric hospital will be named the Canada Life Fitness Room.
Mr. Speaker, providing timely, high-quality mental health services to Saskatchewan people is a priority for our government. That is why we have committed to replace the century-old Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford.
The new 284-bed facility will replace the existing 156-bed hospital. This new facility will include psychiatric rehabilitation beds and a secure wing for offenders living with mental health issues. Construction of the new facility is substantially complete now, with plans to begin moving current patients to the new facility in a phased approach starting this month.
Mr. Speaker, I thank Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life for their commitment to this hospital and for their support of improved mental health services for Saskatchewan people. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.