Fort Resolution officially opened its new $13.2 million health and social services centre on Monday.

The building brings together healthcare and social services for the first time in the community. The health centre it replaces was 44 years old, and patient services were divided between various buildings across the hamlet.

“Coming here into a whole new building, a brand new work environment, it’s really going to make a difference for everybody,” said administrative officer Cara-Lynn Bailey, who helps to oversee operations inside the new facility.

“The level of care we provide to the community is going to be so much better,” she added.

The centre is modelled on a similar facility opened in Fort Providence three years ago. Glen Abernethy, the territory’s health minister, said the territorial government intends to continue rolling out buildings based on this design in other communities as funding allows.

“The old building was out of date, it needed to be upgraded. We have now got a state-of-the-art, modern building here,” said Abernethy.

“This is the second one of this particular model and, as we move into other communities of the same approximate size, we will be building very similar facilities.”

Construction of Fort Resolution’s facility took two years. The new health and social services centre is fully wheelchair accessible and includes clinic rooms that meet current infection control standards, a family visiting room, emergency treatment and dental rooms, and three apartments to accommodate visiting staff.

Watch the video to see inside the building and hear more from Cara-Lynn about working there.