The Dubé’s have made a significant contribution to the new Saskatchewan Hospital currently under construction in North Battleford.
Irene and Leslie Dubé announced Wednesday a $1 million gift to the hospital campaign for an exterior corridor that will welcome visitors, patients and their families to the Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford.
“This new Saskatchewan Hospital represents hope. Together we are building the mental health hospital patients and their families deserve,” Les Dubé said.
“We hope that others will be inspired to support this essential health care facility,” Irene Dubé added.
Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone said the Irene and Leslie Dubé Pathway to New Beginnings will be the first impression of the quality of care patients can expect to receive.
“From the minute patients and their families arrive at the new Saskatchewan Hospital, the groundwork will be laid for a positive experience and faster recovery,” Livingstone said in a statement.
“This pathway is a powerful symbol of Saskatchewan Hospital’s transformation over the past 105 years, symbolizing the advances in mental health treatment. We are so thankful to Les and Irene Dubé.”
Linda Shynkaruk, the director of Saskatchewan Hospital, said the new hospital is the cornerstone of mental health services in the province and is there to “help patients recover and reintegrate back into their communities.”
“The new facility will also provide a warm and welcoming environment to our most vulnerable. Thanks to the generosity of the Dubés, we are much closer to providing the medical equipment and furnishings for our patients in their new home.”
With Wednesday’s donation, the Saskatchewan Hospital New Beginnings campaign has now reached 75 per cent of its $8 million goal, with the funds raised going towards equipment and furnishings.
The Saskatchewan government has contributed $222 million towards the construction cost of the new building, which was slated to be completed by June 1.
The government announced Tuesday the completion date would be delayed for two to three months due to a P3 subcontractor being unable to meet the overall schedule.
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