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ACCESS Nor'West construction begins

$4.2 million project to enhance care in northwest Winnipeg

Arlene Wilgosh, Winnipeg Health Region President & CEO, at the ACCESS Nor'West sod turning, along with Nor'West Co-op board chair Ivan Sabesky (from left), Premier Greg Selinger and Minister of Health Theresa Oswald.
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About ACCESS Centres

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Residents of northwest Winnipeg will have a new health and social services clinic this year, as construction has begun on ACCESS Nor'West.

The new $4.2 million building will house the Nor'West Co-op Community Health Centre, giving residents of the Gilbert Park and Inkster neighbourhoods better access to an array of health services and social services. ACCESS Nor’West will be located at the corner of Keewatin Street and Burrows Avenue.

The one-storey building will become a hub of support, offering access to doctors, nurse practitioners, primary care nurses, midwives, health educators, dietitians and counsellors. This is welcome news in a neighborhood where people currently have to travel a long way for primary health care.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Minister of Health Theresa Oswald joined Arlene Wilgosh, President & CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region, and Nor'West Co-op board chair Ivan Sabesky for the sod turning today.

"ACCESS Nor’West will increase the number of physicians available and bring together an array of health and social services, creating easier access for people of northwest Winnipeg who need these supports,” said Selinger.

“ACCESS centres weave a tighter safety net for people with complex needs,” said Wilgosh. "Those individuals who require multiple health and social services will have a one-stop shop, simplifying their connections to the right people and the right information.”

The Inkster and Gilbert Park neighbourhoods have the highest proportion of children and youth age 19 and under in the Winnipeg health region, along with the third highest proportion of single-parent families, and the fourth highest aboriginal population.

The health services will be complemented by social services such as family violence counselling, immigrant women's counseling, child day care, children's special services, career counselling, vocational rehabilitation for people with disabilities, employment and income assistance, seniors' health and supported living.

Along with the sod turning at ACCESS Nor’West, a satellite health-care centre is being developed at the nearby Bluebird Lodge seniors’ complex. The Bluebird Clinic will provide a wide range of health and social services to residents of the Weston-Brooklands area.

When complete, Bluebird Clinic will have a primary care team of a doctor and nurse practitioners, offering diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, referral, consultation, counselling and education. Other long-term supports will provide diabetes and chronic disease case management, seniors' health and wellness programs that include fall prevention and vision screening, and reproductive health-care services.

Access Nor’West will be the fourth ACCESS Centre developed in Winnipeg. Current ACCESS Centres include: ACCESS River East, ACCESS Transcona, and ACCESS Downtown. Construction on Winnipeg’s fifth centre, ACCESS St. James, is expected to start this summer.

About ACCESS Centres

ACCESS Centres offer a variety of integrated health and social services to their local communities, including:

  • Child care (licencing and coordination)
  • Child & Family Services
  • Children's special services
  • Community Mental Health
  • Employment supports for persons with disabilities, and vocational rehabilitation
  • Employment and income assistance
  • Midwives
  • Home Care
  • Housing (tenant relations services)
  • Primary care clinic
  • Public health
  • Seniors' health resource team
  • Supported living

For more information about existing ACCESS Centres, contact:

ACCESS River East
975 Henderson Highway, 938-5000.

ACCESS Transcona
845 Regent Avenue, 938-5700.

ACCESS Downtown
640 Main Street, 940-1626.

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