The Sahtú Got’iné Regional Health and Social Services Centre and Sahtú Dene Nechá Kǫ́ Long Term Care Facility officially opened yesterday in Norman Wells.

The new facilities replace the community’s 40-year old health centre and provide more long term care programming space.

The GNWT invested $41.1 million in the design and construction of the new health centre and long term care facility.

“A priority of this government is investing in health infrastructure that improves on safety and service delivery so that residents continue to receive quality care,” says Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy.

“The addition of the Sahtú Dene Nechá Kǫ́ Long Term Care Facility with its 18 long term care beds provides some help in addressing the need for long term care solutions caused by the growing seniors’ population.”

The new facilities will provide community health nursing programs such as prenatal health, child health, adult health, health promotion, chronic care and treatment services; community counselling, social services such as child protection, family violence, guardianship, adoption, fostering, and homeless programs; transitional care; long term care; and an adult day program.

“Critical infrastructure investments such as the Sahtú Got’iné Regional Health and Social Services Centre and the Sahtú Dene Nechá Kǫ́ Long Term Care Facility are essential to the long-term health, well-being and quality of life of our residents,” says Minister of Infrastructure, Wally Schumann in a statement.