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September 27, 2010

Access Downtown officially opens at 640 Main Street

New community ACCESS Centre makes services more accessible for downtown residents

Health Minister Theresa Oswald and Family Services and Consumer Affairs Minister Gord Mackintosh officially opened ACCESS Downtown today, a facility designed to meet the health and social service needs of the downtown community.

"This facility is the latest in one-stop community health centres that bring care close to home," said Oswald. "ACCESS Downtown brings primary care, and a range of health services and social services into one location, making it easier for people to access the supports they need.

"We've had positive results in the other ACCESS centres, so we are again uniting services under one roof for another neighbourhood," said Mackintosh. "These centres are an innovative way to deliver a range of health and social services to a community."

Arlene Wilgosh, WRHA President & CEO said the new facility was designed with patients, their families and staff in mind.

"We wanted this to be a welcoming environment as well as one that addressed the needs of patients, their families and staff," she said.

"Infection Prevention and Control and accessibility elements were incorporated into the design of the ACCESS Centre space and the building also follows LEED energy and environmental design," said Wilgosh. "Its also an inviting design for clients, with historical murals of the Starland Theatre and Main Street photos to give context to the location."

The new 42,000 square foot centre, located on the first two floors of the Winnipeg Health Region's head office at the corner of Main Street and Logan Avenue includes the following services:

  • the Health Action Centre primary care clinic

  • public health

  • home care

  • community mental health

  • midwifery

  • a healthy aging resource team

  • dental clinic operated by the Faculty of Dentistry in cooperation with WRHA

  • employment and income assistance

  • supported living

  • vocational rehabilitation

  • children's special services

  • respite coordination

  • childcare coordination

  • Winnipeg Child and Family Services

Access Downtown is the third ACCESS Centre to open in Winnipeg. Current ACCESS Centres include: ACCESS River East and ACCESS Transcona.

Future ACCESS Centres opening include ACCESS Nor'West and ACCESS St. James.

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