New women's hospital in Winnipeg will concentrate health services: province
WINNIPEG - A new women's hospital in Winnipeg has been completed and is set to open more than a decade after it was first promised in 2007.
The Manitoba government says the building is four times larger than the current women's hospital and is almost as big as Bell MTS Place -- the arena where the NHL's Winnipeg Jets play.
Health Minister Cameron Friesen says the new hospital offers patients more space, more private rooms and brings together health services that were previously spread out over multiple locations.
The hospital was to be completed in 2014, but was delayed by construction problems, including a fire and troubles with the foundation.
The government adds that despite taking longer than expected, the hospital was built on budget at $233 million.
It is to open to patients Dec. 1.