Public invited to tour

By Geoff Lee

June 1, 2017 12:00 AM

CROSSED FINGERS Wendy Plandowski, CEO of Lloydminster Region Health Foundation hopes last minute Lloyd will come through and raise the remaining portion of a $2 million goal for Pioneer House seniors care. Pioneer House preview tours will be held on June 7 at 2:30 p.m. FILE PHOTO

With the finishing touches being made to Pioneer House, it’s time for pubic tours of the new wing for seniors at Pioneer Lodge.
The Pioneer House preview will be held in conjunction with the annual general meeting of the Lloydminster Concerned Citizens for Seniors Care Society on June 7.
“Come and see our new facility,” said Graham Brown, chair of the seniors’ group.
“Our keynote speaker will be Mayor Gerald Aalbers, and his topic will be health care and health services in Lloydminster from the mayor’s point of view.”
Pioneer Lodge manager, Holly Heath said inviting Concerned Citizens to hold their AGM that day would be appropriate, given it’s a seniors’ facility.
“They’ve been very supportive of this project, so we thought it would be very good for them to have their meeting there, and give people and the public the chance to get a preview of Pioneer House,” said Heath.
Construction for the new wing, Pioneer House, began in the fall of 2015,  as a new stand-alone facility.
The wing features lounges, dining halls, bathing spas, and staff work rooms, to ensure all senior residents receive the best possible continuing care.
“They are just doing the finishing work,” said Heath.
A grand opening of the 44-bed level 4 care wing will be held in September, according to an email from facility administrator, Joyce Bell, with a date to be determined.
The public tours of the wing will begin at 2:30 p.m. and run until the start of the Concerned Citizens’ meeting at 7 p.m., and resume at 9 p.m. when the meeting is over.
“Just show up and we’ll organize people and go from there,” said Heath.
The funding for Pioneer House is being led by the Alberta government through three grants, totalling approximately $14 million.
The Lloydminster Region Health Foundation is selling virtual bricks or leaves to raise the $2 million needed to capture the final provincial grant, with the full cost of the project being $16 million.
“We are selling bricks and rooms, feverishly,” said Health Foundation CEO, Wendy Plandowski in an email update.
“Last minute Lloydminster is going to come through I think.”
She said there is about $900,000 left to raise.
Some general areas are available for naming rights, and each individual room in the new lodge can be sponsored for $10,000.
Plandowski said those are also selling well.
Donations can be made to the Brick by Brick campaign in amounts from $250, $500, $1,000 and up.
Buyers get a numbered commemorative brick as a keepsake with their name to be added to a block at Pioneer House, among other donation recognition methods.

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