Six months after its official opening, the Radville Marian Health Centre has a new chapel. Regina Archbishop Daniel Bohan officially blessed the chapel February 11with a special mass and ceremony in front of guests from the Sun Country Health Region, the Saskatchewan Catholic Health Ministry, staff and local residents.
The chapel’s altar is located in an alcove shielded by doors which can be opened to the Centre’s activity area which then becomes the chapel. “It’s an integrated chapel for everyone to utilize for all denominations, however, we had the Archbishop come in and do the blessing because we are primarily a Catholic based facility,” said Debbie Donald, the health centre’s CEO.
It is a member of the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan that has 14, care homes, hospitals and health centres in Saskatchewan. Bohan in his homily recognized how health services in Saskatchewan began and were operated by several communities of Sisters. He paid tribute to the people in Radville and area who came together, saw the need for a new facility to serve the town and area and worked to get it built.
The Radville Marian Health Centre cost about $22-million to build, said Donald, with 80 per cent from the province and the remainder from the community. The Centre is served by three physicians and one nurse practitioner. It has 25 long-term-care beds, five that are multi-purpose that can be used for observation, respite or palliative, said Donald, and it has emergency services.
Radville’s population is about 900, according to its web site and growing. It is south west of Weyburn, Saskatchewan by Long Creek in the rolling hills of the Missouri Couteau.