January 27, 2007

ACCESS Transcona Officially Open

Centre Unites Health and Social Services To Deliver Better Care Sooner: Doer

Premier Gary Doer yesterday officially opened ACCESS Transcona, a new primary health-care centre that integrates community-based health care and social services to best reflect the needs of the community.
"Bringing services together at facilities like ACCESS Transcona gives Manitobans access to the right care, at the right time, with the right health provider," said Doer.  "By working with our partners in the community and with the regional health authorities, we can continue to deliver better care sooner and support the future of health care in Manitoba."
ACCESS Transcona was developed as part of a partnership including the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Manitoba Health and Manitoba Family Services and Housing.
"This award-winning centre will serve as a hub for community activity in Transcona and a one-stop source of information about essential programs and services," said Health Minister Theresa Oswald. "ACCESS Transcona is part of a community team where the staff will work closely with citizens and local organizations to strengthen the health of the community."
ACCESS Transcona offers a wide range of integrated health and social services and programs to meet the primary health-care needs of the Transcona area including primary care, community mental health, public health, community development, home care, supported living, services to seniors, employment and income assistance, employment supports for persons with disabilities, vocational rehabilitation, child-care licensing and co-ordination, child and family services, and children's special services.
The ACCESS centre has already received several awards including the 2006 Winnipeg Accessibility Award in the government building and design category.  The award recognizes the many building features designed to improve service to persons with special needs.
The centre has also been designated a Power Smart building by Manitoba Hydro for meeting all of the provisions of the Model National Energy Code and the energy-efficiency requirements for small office buildings.  Construction costs totalled approximately $3.4 million. 
ACCESS Transcona provides a one-stop source for community health and social-service information. It also helps area residents connect with other related community organizations and resources.
The premier noted the access model focuses on people, making it easier for individuals and families to access the different health and social services they may need to stay well. It allows people to quickly access and connect to health services in their own communities.

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