Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford opens, better facilities, treatment

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. — Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford has officially opened, which the province says will offer patients and offenders living with mental health problems better facilities and programming.

The $407 million building replaces a century-old psychiatric care facility and two correctional facilities.

Premier Scott Moe says the new hospital is a tremendous step forward in advancing mental health care in Saskatchewan.

He says it will allow people to feel at home when they are spending time receiving treatment.

Moe says more needs to be done to improve mental health services in the province.

He says it remains a priority for his government.

Hospital director Linda Shynkaruk says it will allow patients to be cared for in a more humane setting.

"Just having this home-like therapeutic environment speaks volumes to where we are at with mental health," she said Friday.

"It is about being human and expecting for us to give the patients what you and I would expect for ourselves or our family members if they were in care."

Shynkaruk says the new hospital is long overdue, but they are happy to have it now. (CJNB, CTV Saskatoon)

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