The Government of Saskatchewan has announced an investment of more than $300 million for the renewal and expansion of Prince Albert Victoria Hospital. The approved project concept includes a new acute care tower, replacement of the existing adult mental health space, and renovations to the current facility.
“This significant investment reflects the importance of Victoria Hospital in providing a wide variety of health services, not only to people in Prince Albert, but to patients and clients across northern Saskatchewan,” said Premier Scott Moe.
The project is anticipated to increase the number of beds in Victoria Hospital to 242 on opening day, up from the current 173 beds, an increase of 40 per cent, with space to expand further as needed. It includes a larger emergency department, a helipad, and enhanced medical imaging services including an MRI.
The province will pay 100 per cent of the capital cost of the project. The local community and Victoria Hospital Foundation will raise funds for furniture and equipment.
“Prince Albert is a major hub of essential health care services for the north central region of Saskatchewan,” Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne said. “Victoria Hospital is an aging facility. We welcome new funds that will improve our capacity to respond to the health care needs of our residents.”
“The 12 First Nations of the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) look forward to a hospital that will be comfortable, culturally inviting and culturally responsive to the needs of all First Nation membership and communities,” PAGC Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte said. “This will be a hospital First Nations will have pride of ownership in because of our considerable involvement with the Government of Saskatchewan, helping create a hospital that is truly healing for all.”
Detailed designs will be developed during the next phase of the project and in consultation with key partners.