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Wrecking ball hits Misericordia

Prepares way for $43 million addition

Wrecking ball hits Misericordia
A 75-tonne crane started demolition of the roof of the "Maryland South" building at the Misericordia Health Centre this morning.
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Map of the Misericordia Health Centre's buildings

BY SUSIE STRACHAN
Winnipeg Health Region
Published Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A 5,000-pound wrecking ball smashed through the roof of a 106-year-old building at the Misericordia Health Centre property on Maryland Street this morning, paving the way for a major redevelopment of the site.

“It’s great to see that ball hit the old building, said Rosie Jacuzzi, President and COO of Misericordia Health Centre, as she surveyed the demolition work with fellow staff members from a perch on the roof of the Cornish Avenue section of the centre. “We’re very happy this project is moving ahead.”

With the temperature hovering around -14C, Misericordia staff members cheered as a crew from Bird Construction went to work. The building under demolition is one of a number on the site, all linked together to form the health centre as a whole. The “Maryland South” building was initially built in 1906 with a wing added in 1949.

Crews have been hard at work since the fall of 2011, removing the interior of the old building, taking out a selection of supports that hold it up. This will help expedite demolition of the structure, expected to take about four weeks. Once the building is demolished, crews will load the materials into trucks, to be taken away for recycling.

Close-up of wrecking ball

The wrecking ball knocking down the wall on the roof of the Maryland South building at Misericordia Health Centre.

Misericordia Health Centre (MHC) is replacing their Maryland South and a Sherbrook building erected in 1906 in two phases. The first phase will see a two-storey building on erected on the Maryland side, which will house the following programs:

  • Buhler Eye Care Centre: This provincial centre, the largest in western Canada and home to the Lions Eye Bank, will be consolidated and expanded to include space for the new University of Manitoba Ophthalmology Residency Program.
  • Ambulatory Diagnostic Centre: The diagnostic imaging department and Diagnostic Services Manitoba laboratory will relocate from the fourth floor to be in closer proximity to both Urgent Care and Ambulatory Care, increasing the speed MHC can assess and treat patients, thus decreasing length of stay.
  • PRIME: Already specializing in long-term care, this new day health centre for the elderly will complement MHC’s existing programs. This “one-stop shop” for seniors, identical to Deer Lodge’s inaugural program, will provide medical expertise, recreational and social activities, personal care, rehabilitation, support for families and more.

Phase 1 is expected to be complete by 2013. The Misericordia Foundation is raising $5 million in capital, which is added to $38 million from Manitoba Health and the Winnipeg Health Region.

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