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Health Sciences Centre Foundation launches capital campaign to improve hospital services

Winnipeg Sun logo Winnipeg Sun 2022-06-22 Ryan Stelter
The Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Chris Procaylo, Friday. June 03. 2022 Winnipeg Sun © Provided by Winnipeg Sun The Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Chris Procaylo, Friday. June 03. 2022 Winnipeg Sun

The Health Sciences Centre Foundation launched a $100 million capital campaign aimed to revitalize and refocus HSC in Winnipeg.  

The Manitoba government committed $50 million to the six-year capital plan, while the HSC Foundation has launched “Operation Excellence” to raise the remaining $50 million, which has raised approximately $25 million to date.  

The HSC Foundation says that the capital plan has been developed over the last three years and will have an “immediate” impact on Manitoba’s diagnostic and surgical backlog.  

The first phase of the campaign is already underway and includes the development of new operating room capacity along with new software systems for more efficient surgical referrals and waitlist management.  

Later phases will include a high-acuity surgical step-down unit, an enhanced pain clinic, an expanded emergency room and a new HSC outpatient imaging facility.  

HSC Foundation president and CEO Jonathan Lyon estimated that this plan will increase the surgical and diagnostic capacities at HSC by 25% per year over pre-pandemic levels.  

“We believe that philanthropy has an essential role to play in helping Manitobans face our health-care challenges as we emerge from the pandemic,” Lyon said. “Along with the government and provincial health-care leaders, our donors will play a significant role. HSC is Manitoba’s hospital and we must all rally to support it.”  

HSC’s surgery site director Dr. Ed Buchel said the COVID-19 pandemic did not create the surgical backlog but did exacerbate the situation. Buchel added that with phase one, HSC will be able to get more patients in sooner, treat them more safely and discharge them more quickly by using minimally invasive surgical techniques.  

“When you perform minimally invasive surgery as opposed to conventional open surgery, people recover faster and with fewer complications,” he said. “They don’t need to be in hospital for very long.”  

Stefanson tests positive for COVID-19

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson revealed on Twitter Wednesday that she was self-isolating and working remotely due to a positive COVID-19 result.  

The premier said her office has been in touch with people she has been in close contact with recently. Stefanson attended an art unveiling with dozens of people at the Manitoba Legislature on Monday.  

NDP leader Wab Kinew, who tested positive last fall, wished the premier a speedy recovery. Liberal leader Dougald Lamont tested positive in late May.

Province seeks input on COVID-19 vaccinations for kids

The provincial government is seeking feedback from Manitobans on emerging COVID-19 vaccination plans for young children.  

An EngageMB survey has been launched to invite Manitoban parents and caregivers of children aged six months to four years to share their feedback on vaccination plans.  

The survey asks for input on where Manitoba parents and caregivers would prefer to take their young children to be vaccinated, which factors would influence their decision or ability to have their young children vaccinated and how they would prefer to get more information about the vaccine.  

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