Premier Kelvin Goertzen announced a significant Bethesda Regional Health Centre expansion and renovation today that will include a renal dialysis unit.
According to Goertzen, the additional acute care in-patient beds and expanded medical capacity with a new renal dialysis unit are part of a significant expansion and renovation that will reflect Bethesda Regional Health Centre’s importance as a district hub in Manitoba’s healthcare system and provide care that is closer to home for many residents in southern Manitoba.
"The COVID-19 pandemic remains the challenge of our time and our government’s bold vision to provide better health care, with improved access and services closer to home, for all Manitobans remains our top priority,” said Goertzen. “Today’s announcement of the expansion and renovation at Bethesda Regional Health Centre will significantly reduce the need for those living in Steinbach and in the surrounding communities to travel elsewhere for care while providing the facility the capacity to continue to grow in the coming years to continue to meet the community’s needs."
A press conference was held at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre at 10 A.M. Friday with Premier Kelvin Goertzen, Southern Health CEO Jane Curtis, Manitoba Renal Program Medical Director Dr. Mauro Verrelli, Bethesda Foundation Board Chair Garth Reimer, Steinbach Mayor Earl Funk, and Hanover Reeve Stan Toews all in attendance.
The nearly $32-million investment will:
- Include an addition and renovations to the facility that provides space for 23 additional acute care medicine beds and enables the site to support additional surgical capacity in targeted areas.
- Invest in the treatment of patients for a wide variety of needs at the site including palliative and end of life care, chronic and cardiopulmonary disease and women’s health.
- Include pharmacy upgrades that support the delivery of chemotherapy services and establish Bethesda as a regional hub for cancer services.
- Allow for the construction of six dialysis stations to establish renal services in the community.