St. Joseph’s Hospital of Estevan, an Emmanuel Health Facility, was pleased to learn, the 2020 budget will include funding for the establishment of an Addiction Treatment Centre in Estevan at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Communication with Minister of Health, Jim Reiter and local MLA & Minister of Government Relations, Lori Carr, confirmed that a 20 bed provincial addictions centre, specializing in the treatment of Crystal Meth will be approved to open in Estevan later this year.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Executive Director Greg Hoffort stated “Our management team at St. Joseph’s has been working towards this goal for quite some time and over the course of the past year extensive research has been undertaken and a proposal submitted to the Ministry of Health. To be approved for this significant advancement to the care of those we serve is extremely rewarding to the team.”
The 20 bed addiction centre will include 15 beds specifically for the treatment of Crystal Meth. The Centre will bring industry leading expertise to Estevan and provide patient centered treatment from detoxification through to treatment and continue with post treatment support.
St. Joseph’s Hospital has a history that includes addictions treatment. 24 years ago the former treatment centre was closed in Estevan. Hoffort states, “While much has changed in the treatment of addictions since we previously offered this service, we are encouraged by the commitment made to our community by the Government of Saskatchewan and we look forward to opening this facility that will serve our community and Province”.
“A great deal of credit goes to our MLA, Minister Carr, who worked tirelessly on our behalf. Lori is always available to us, has worked with us throughout this process and we are extremely grateful for her efforts towards this tremendous addition to our community” stated Hoffort.
Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig stated “We appreciate the announcement of the addictions centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital. These much-needed positions will bring assistance to people in need in our community. In the past we have not had enough resources to assist us on mental health and addictions issues. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our MLA Lori Carr, our Health Minister Mr. Reiter as well as the Government of Saskatchewan for their help at this crucial time in the City of Estevan.”
Estevan Police Chief Paul Ladouceur stated “The addition of a treatment centre in the southeast is fantastic news and could not come at a better time. While our members do a great job of keeping drugs off of our streets and holding those who deal drugs accountable, we must address root causes and address the related addictions if we want to have a real impact. The Estevan Police Service is in full support of the treatment centre at St. Joseph’s Hospital.”