Health Services

Moose Jaw serves as a regional health care centre with a major hospital, rehabilitation centre and long term care facilities. Five outpatient clinics provide residents with easy access to over 40 physicians and surgeons. The Crescent View Clinic takes pressure off the emergency room by treating minor health issues and is operated by nurse practitioners.

 

F.H. WIGMORE REGIONAL HOSPITAL The new hospital is located adjacent the Trans Canada Highway on Diefenbaker Drive. This is the first large hospital in Canada using lean design and the only one of its kind in Saskatchewan. The three-story, 72-bed facility features four operating rooms, two procedure rooms and a MRI. The $3.3M Philips Ingenia 1.5T MRI is one of seven in the province, and the first in the Five Hills Region. Surgery, day surgery, observation and the lab are located on the main floor. Mental health and addictions, ICU and medicine are found on the second floor. Women’s services and surgical beds are located on the third floor. Saskatchewan’s hyperbaric (decompression) chamber is also located in the new hospital.

 

In 2017 amalgamation of the Five Hills Regional Health Authority into a single provincial health authority will mean jobs losses to Moose Jaw.

 

CLOSURE OF VALLEY VIEW CENTRE Valley View Centre has been home to people with intellectual disabilities for decades, and at one time generated $1.8M in payroll every month. The Centre stopped admitting new residents in 2002 due to deteriorating conditions of the facility. The Province of Saskatchewan announced that it will shut down the facility instead of spending $37M in upgrades to keep it open. The date of closing has been delayed from March 2016 to March 2018 to allow more time to transition care of its roughly 210 residents into the group home service delivery model. Several group homes have been constructed or renovated around the city creating labour shortages for group home care workers.

 

The announced closure has affected resident care workers, housekeeping and food service staff (an estimated 200 full-time and 300 part-time). Since 2012’s announcement of the closure, over 80 layoff notices have been issued.