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Construction to Begin on New Continuing Care Facility in Fort McMurray

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Construction will begin this spring on the Willow Square Continuing Care Centre, a new state-of-the-art facility for Fort McMurray and area residents.

The Willow Spring Continuing Care Centre in Fort McMurray is scheduled to open in the spring on 2020 and construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018. The project is expected to cost $110-million and support 240 jobs. When completed this facility will provide 144 beds and deliver a variety of services including supportive living, long-term care and palliative care. Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayor Don Scott said of the project, “we are excited that construction will soon begin on this much-anticipated facility. The Willow Square Continuing Care Centre offers an opportunity for residents who have been instrumental to the growth of this community to remain here as they retire and age.”

The facility is designed to supports residents through a family-oriented concept that includes a playground and park so the centre will be connected to the community. A series of pathways will ensure barrier-free access to local transit and other amenities. Other services that will be offered in the facility include main street services (café, library, chapel, auditorium, etc.), home care, Northern Lights Bridges program, support services and resident spaces.

“This is an important project for Fort McMurray. We know there is a need for more continuing care spaces in Fort McMurray and, when opened, this new facility will provide care for seniors and clients for years to come. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Alberta Infrastructure, Alberta Health and the Municipality of Wood Buffalo on this project,” Murray Crawford, senior operating officer, Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, Alberta Health Services.