Meno Ya Win Health Centre Ready For Patients
McGuinty Government Supports First Nations' Centre Of Health Excellence
The new 60-bed Meno Ya Win Health Centre is opening to patients in Sioux Lookout.
Considered a First Nations' Centre of Health Excellence, the hospital uses First Nations concepts of health, healing and wellness and will assume a leadership role in developing and delivering culturally sensitive health care in Northwestern Ontario. This includes around-the-clock translation services and a traditional healing, medicine and food program.
The new hospital replaces two existing 58-year-old hospitals and will provide new or expanded services including screening and diagnostic mammography. The chronic kidney disease program is expanding by two stations for a total of six at the hospital. The new hospital will also provide more than 300 jobs in Sioux Lookout.
Today's announcement is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services while improving quality and accountability for patients.
- Meno Ya Win in the Oji-Cree language means health, wellness, well-being.
- Meno Ya Win Health Centre will serve over 30,000 patients every year.
- The hospital is a result of a four party agreement between local First Nations, federal, provincial and municipal governments.
- Ontario expects to invest over $1.5 billion in 2010-11 to help modernize the province's health infrastructure and expand capacity to cope with a growing and aging population.
“The new Meno Ya Win Health Centre will increase access to health care for all residents in Sioux Lookout and its surrounding communities, including 28 First Nations communities. The new hospital will deliver modern health care while honouring the rich healing traditions of Ontario's First Nations.”
“This is a very important day for health care delivery in the north and especially for the 28 First Nations communities that we serve spread over one-third of Ontario's land mass. The basis of cooperation that was set out in the 4 Party Agreement has led to a Centre of Excellence that will have a very positive impact on all of the people of this area.”