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Stephen Samis

Aging Old Crow centre could be replaced in the coming years, DM says

As the Yukon government continues its comprehensive health care review,

By Palak Mangat on January 31, 2019

As the Yukon government continues its comprehensive health care review, a focus on rural health centrescould see the phasing-out of one in Old Crow in the next two to three years.

Stephen Samis, the deputy minister of Health and Social Services (HSS), told the Star Wednesday morning that is a possibility, withthe replacement of the aging centre being “in the budget.

“We have to build a winter road, then remediate the old health centre and get the new one in – so probably over the next two, three years to getthat done in terms of getting the supplies in, building it, getting the old one out,” Samis said.

There is no permanent road access to Old Crow, about 1,000 kilometres north of Whitehorse.

Acknowledging the Old Crow site is “very old and desperately needs to be replaced,” he spoke about the centre, built in the early 1970s andcomplemented by a two-storey addition in 1986.

“We’re going to be reviewing health centres over time to ensure they’re more collaborative in nature,” he said.

“There’s a new design now for a standard community health centre that will bring together continuing care, mental health, social servicesand health care together in one centre.”

While looking at the site in Old Crow first is something that could come out of the overarching review, it’s also a move that could be a ways away.

“We are trying again, through that comprehensive review, to be looking at health care across the territory,” Samis said.

That review is expected to wrap up sometime during the fall, Samis confirmed yesterday.

He spoke while attending the Aging in Place Forum held at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

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Disposable buildings on Feb 1, 2019 at 10:12 am

Not sure why, but the Yukon Government seems to use up buildings. A 50 year life span and all of a sudden they need replacing. But for some reason people can still live in houses that were built back in the early 50’s by the military just fine. Businesses can work out of shops and retail spaces where the structure is old but facelifts and retrofits happen often. Even our City is guilty. Our municipal building and others are made to believe that they are substandard and falling down. Instead of building to meet the needs of expanding, we build to replace. Instead of retrofitting for energy savings or safety we prefer to tear down and start over. Maybe we just have too much money and can’t find enough places to waste it. Funny that the Whitehorse hospital still has most of the original still part of the new expansion. I guess sometimes “old” is OK.

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