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Rural partnership funds new medical clinic in Cabri

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A new partnership of rural communities wants to ensure that Cabri remains a service centre with medical facilities. A new partnership of rural communities wants to ensure that Cabri remains a service centre with medical facilities. Matthew Liebenberg/Prairie Post

A number of rural communities in southwest Saskatchewan are pooling their financial resources to support the construction of a new $425,000 medical clinic in the town of Cabri.

The facility will become the new home of the Cabri Medical Clinic, which is operated by family physician Dr. Stefanus de Nysschen.

The project is a joint initiative by the rural municipalities of Clinworth, Miry Creek, Pittville and Riverside, the Town of Cabri, the villages of Abbey, Hazlet, Lancer and Shackleton as well as the Abbey, Pennant and Wheatland Hutterite colonies.

These communities are all served by the Cabri Medical Clinic. In addition to operating the clinic, Dr. De Nysschen provides medical and emergency services at the Prairie Health Care Centre in Cabri.

According to Town of Cabri Mayor David Gossard the project is an effort by the participating communities to support Dr. De Nysschen's practice.

“Basically if the community shows that we support the doctor then the doctor supports us and we hope that we can keep him in the community longer,” he said. “He’s in an old clinic and this new one will just give him a better facility.”

The new building will be owned jointly by the partners and be administered through the Town of Cabri.

A lease agreement will determine the terms under which Dr. De Nysschen will operate the clinic in its new location, but these details are still being finalized.

“There’s lots of things we still have to work through, but we wanted to get the building started and we’ll work out these other details as we go,” Gossard noted.

The new facility will be located on the grounds of the Prairie Health Care Centre, which will be convenient for the physician as well as patients who might also have to make use of services in the health centre.

“The Cypress Health Region is actually going to give us some land to build it on,” he said.

Although there was some discussion with the health region, Gossard said it was important for the partners to carry out this project as an initiative by elected officials to address the issue of doctor retention.

“We felt that if we could find a way to get this build, it shows the health region and the provincial government that the people, the community in Cabri and the surrounding area take our facility and our doctor very seriously,” he explained. “We’re going to do what it takes to try and keep him here and keep a good level of service in Cabri.”

To calculate the amount to be contributed by each community, the most recent population data was used to determine the pro rata contribution of each local authority partner. The contribution of some rural municipalities were adjusted because many of their residents are using medical services in Swift Current.

“So all in all the process worked very well,” he said. “The unique way we’re funding it and the villages and the towns and the RM’s working together to achieve a common goal is the real neat part of this.”

Construction of the new 1,700 square feet medical clinic will start as soon as weather and site conditions are suitable. The work will be completed by the fall.

The project budget includes some money for new equipment in the clinic, but fundraising will also be done for that purpose.

Donations towards clinic equipment can be made to the Cabri Hospital Auxiliary, Box 135, Cabri, Saskatchewan, S0N 0J0. A tax deductible donation receipt will be issued.

 

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