A new $27 million pilot project will expand long-term care spaces in Saskatoon Health Region by 100 spaces. The sod turning for Samaritan Place took place in early August in the Stonebridge neighbourhood in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison, Saskatoon Bishop Donald Bolen, Amicus Health Care Board Chair, Jean Mahoney, and Saskatoon Regional Health Authority Chair Jim Rhode watch as Health Minister Don McMorris turns the first shovelful of dirt at the site of the new long-term care residence.

The facility is being built by Amicus Health Care Inc., in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Saskatoon Health Region. It will have 56 individual living units and 24 designated units for people with dementia. It will also contain 20 units that offer couples the opportunity to continue living together even though one of them may not need long-term care.

The facility is expected to open in early 2012.