What is the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre?
The Shuswap Healing Centre will be a facility that will house the Sicamous Community Health Centre (medical clinic), and provide space for other health and wellness service providers such as dentists, physiotherapists, optometrists or mental health support. The Shuswap Healing Centre seeks to be a place for all residents in our region to access patient-focused healthcare services from birth to end-of-life.
200 Main Street will be the home of the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre
Council has confirmed 200 Main Street as the home of the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre, keeping the project closer to the water which has historical and cultural significance to Splatsin who valued “Sek’maws (Sicamous) as an important fishing village. District Staff recently created a conceptual drawing of the building’s proposed positioning on the property which will not only maintain, but incorporate existing trees into the design and create an outdoor community gathering space on Main Street.
The construction of this facility will inject investment in the downtown core by injecting capital and attracting ancillary investment opportunities for both the private and public sectors.
Design of the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre
At the September 8, 2021 Regular Council Meeting, the design and preconstruction services of the Shuswap Healing Centre were awarded to Scotts Builder Inc., who will be working alongside health-care consultant Dr. Avein Saaty-Tafoya and Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal to bring the Shuswap Healing Centre to life.
In September 2021, Dr. Saaty-Tafoya visited Sicamous to participate in round-table discussions with the District, Splatsin and community stakeholders to gain a better understanding of our community’s healthcare needs. Dr. Saaty-Tafoya is an advocate for patient-centered care and has extensive experience operating a Federally Regulated Community Health Center in the U.S.
The District welcomed the design team to Sicamous in October 2021 and Cardinal will begin the architectural process by guiding the District and Splatsin through design visioning sessions. The design will seek to be sustainable, reducing energy consumption in both the construction and operation of the facility.
An important consideration in the design of the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre is Sicamous’ “Live More, Live Well Strategy" adopted by Council in 2018.
Funding of the Shuswap (Secwépemc) Healing Centre
In 2020, the District of Sicamous was awarded $5.9 Million through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program under the Rural and Northern Communities Fund for the design and construction of the Shuswap Healing Centre. This funding was awarded based on the commitment of the District to Truth and Reconciliation efforts; the Shuswap Healing Centre will seek to provide culturally appropriate services that respond to the 94 Calls to Action.
Sicamous Community Health Centre
In 2021, the District purchased the assets from retired physician Dr. Jack Beech in order to establish a Community Health Centre (CHC)and ensure residents could access medical care locally. The District assumed the administration and operation of the medical clinic, billing the Province for services provided. Initially an operational deficit is expected; however, with additional physicians the District is expecting a 100% cost recovery of the service within three to five years.