New hospital opens Saturday, 9:15 am

  • Oct. 24, 2008 12:00 p.m.

The move is on and it’s going well. That’s the word from Northern Health’s Kim Mushynsky in Masset, as she and other health care workers prepare for the opening of the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre on Saturday. “We are excited. We are a little stressed, but the town is helping me out 100 percent,” Ms Mushynsky said Tuesday.Health Minister George Abbott will be among the dignitaries officially opening the facility. The ceremony gets underway at 9:15 am and is expected to last a couple of hours. Speakers from each of the organizations that funded the hospital will take part, and there will be a special announcement made as well, according to Sonja Kruger of Northern Health. ” It’s really a chance for the partners who’ve been involved in making this whole thing happen to talk about what it means to them,” Ms Kruger said. Everyone’s invited to attend. The building will start functioning as a medical facility later this month, as patients are transferred from the old facility in Masset. The hospital will serve Old Massett, Masset and Port Clements. It’s a public-private partnership, with the villages playing a lead role in funding it.