Friday, 25 August 2017 07:00

Advancements continue on construction project in Leader

Written by  Cypress Health Region
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The capital expansion project in Leader is reaching new milestones within the construction process and continues to be on track to open in summer 2018.

Construction activity in initial areas is as much as 80 per cent complete, including framing and roof trusses in the acute care wing. Other notable progress is 30 per cent completion of roof sheeting and the beginningof window installation.
Work is ongoing in the areas of drywall and cement board, mechanical and electrical, Styrofoam insulation in exterior walls, Blueskin composite membrane around window and door openings, and walls and trusses for the ambulance bay. Delivery of wall and roof cladding is scheduled for the near future.
“When one looks back over the past four months, construction has taken us from an empty shell with only cement pilings visible to the near completed exterior shell and mezzanine that we see today,” noted Brenda Schwan, capital lead and vice-president of Continuing Care for the Cypress Health Region. “The exterior shape of the facility is now distinctly visible and we are all excited to see the project move through the various construction phases towards eventual completion.”
A construction camera remains in place to document progress and captures a new birds-eye image of the site every 15 minutes. The high resolution images may be viewed at any time on the Cypress Health Region website at
Renovation work is continuing on the interior of the existing Western Senior Citizens Home. The renovations include safety improvements such as the installation of ceiling lifts, a new handheld nurse call system, and improved hand rails. A new electronic charting system is being installed that will further improve resident safety and staff communication.
Aesthetic improvements will add new LED lighting, paint, curtains, and flooring. It is anticipated the first of three wings to be renovated will be completed and ready for occupancy as early as the end of October.
The renovations will transform the existing long term care facility into three 10-bed homes. The new model, known as the small house model, focuses care on resident choice and aims to reduce known challenges with more traditional models of care such as loneliness and boredom.
In anticipation of the small house model being introduced, variable breakfasts have been implemented for residents who are temporarily occupying a wing at the Leader Hospital during renovations. Variable breakfasts allow residents to begin their day when they wish.
Continuing care aide staff are preparing and serving breakfast to residents when they choose to wake up. The care team is also actively working on preparations for a new electronic health record system that will be introduced in the facility when the first 10-bed home is complete.
When the expansion project and renovation work is completed the facility will be renamed, as decided by community members, the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility.
The facility will be the sole location of all of the community’s health services.
The integration of services will bring together Leaders in Rural Health Excellence acute care, emergency medical services, community health services, primary health care, and long-term care via the existing Western Senior Citizens Home.
The facility’s design incorporates input from staff, physicians, patients, and family representatives.

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