From fundraising to breaking ground, the new hospital in Weyburn is under construction. Whitney Johnson, office manager for the Weyburn District Hospital Foundation, says the project is close to 30 percent complete. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2025 and be in operation by the summer of 2026.  

“We'll have more information upcoming; I'm hoping by end of summer that we can touch on a completed blueprint and some information on naming, but right now it's just construction ongoing and we are just continuing fundraising.”    

The construction of the hospital is expected to greatly benefit the people in Weyburn and the surrounding area.  

 “The new hospital will offer residents in Weyburn and the surrounding area services under one roof, including the inpatient mental health services, making it more convenient for patients to receive the care they need. The model of delivering health services has changed drastically since the current Weyburn hospital was constructed in the 1950s. The new hospital will be modern, constructed for today's healthcare delivery model with many services under one roof, an environment that is more technologically friendly.” 

Despite the construction being over a quarter finished, fundraising is still crucial to the project's completion.  

“The foundation is responsible for 20 percent of the construction costs and then 100 percent of all the equipment that will be going into the new hospital, so fundraising will be ongoing well into construction completion and then onward depending how much money we raise.” 

The current fundraiser is a raffle for a trip for two to Nashville. 

“Tickets can be purchased online, either through our website or social media. The raffle is running through Rafflebox, the raffle is one (ticket) for $20, three for $50, or eight for $100, and the 50-50 tickets are the same price. The Nashville raffle gets you roundtrip airfare for two to Nashville from Regina, you get a $2,000 CAA gift card for accommodations, and then a two-day trolley tour while you're there.” 

Raffle tickets are for sale until September 2nd. QR codes can be found on posters and sandwich boards around Weyburn over the summer, or you can find them HERE.  

A casino night fundraiser is also set for the first Saturday in November. More details will be announced toward the end of summer.   

All fundraisers will continue the progress of the new hospital, Johnson expects longstanding benefits from its construction.  

“The residents of Weyburn and the surrounding area will benefit from this new modern facility and the healthcare services it will facilitate well into the future.”