Twin sisters Morgyn and Myla Moule got to miss their first day of school for a really good reason: they had an advance tour of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital on Sept. 3 with their mother, Jennie.
The photos shown here are a sampling of some of the features they were able to see and learn about during their tour, including play and fun rooms, and animal-themed murals and hallways, along with getting to pose on the red carpet walking into the hospital in Saskatoon.
The grand opening for the hospital was held on Thursday, with Premier Scott Moe, lead donor Jim Pattison, representatives from the Government of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, donors and community members who celebrated the opening.
One of the features of the new hospital is a photo display along one of the hallways, showing the Moule sisters with brief information about what they have needed from a children’s hospital and will continue needing.
Both girls were very impressed with the new hospital, liking some of the features such as the family and play areas.
There will be almost 60 pediatric specialists, sub-specialists and surgeons working in more than 20 specialties at the 176-bed hospital when it opens to patients on Sept. 29.
The total capital cost for the JPCH is $285.9 million, according to information from the Saskatchewan Health Authority. The province provided about $257 million in capital costs, while the JPCH Foundation and donor contributions totalled about $75 million for capital costs ($28.3 million), hospital equipment and furniture ($46.6 million).
For the full story of an interview with the sisters about the new hospital, check out the Weyburn Review on Sept. 11.