Masterpiece Care Corporation is breaking ground, with a sod-turning ceremony, on a new 120 bed facility in Medicine Hat, specializing in long-term and dementia care. The ceremony is a celebration of a major new facility for Medicine Hat. Once complete in fall 2017, it will mean 150 new full and part-time positions, 100 new funded beds and 20 private-pay beds for Medicine Hat.
The staff positions include Registered Nurses, licensed practical nurses and health care aides, activity, hospitality and maintenance staff, as well as a highly qualified team of managers. The project will keep Medicine Hat construction trades busy through 2016/2017 as well, with 200 jobs anticipated in that sector.
“The 100 new beds allocated by the Alberta Seniors and Housing Ministry will take pressure off the hospital,” explains Masterpiece Care Corp President & CEO Tim Garforth-Bles, adding “this new facility will include fifty long-term care beds and another fifty in dementia care, which are in low supply here.”
Masterpiece currently operates Masterpiece River Ridge, which offers “resort-style living” in Medicine Hat. The new facility will carry on Masterpiece’s vision of delivering exceptional comfort and hospitality to its residents with a beautiful walkout dining room on to a natural wetland and pathway system to convenient shopping nearby.
“We’re excited to celebrate the beginning of this project with Masterpiece,” says Ryan Jackson, General Manager, Invest Medicine Hat. “This project is creating 150 new health care jobs for Medicine Hat and providing opportunities for our community’s existing pool of skilled trades and health care workers.”
With a solid base of construction and health care talent, Medicine Hat provides Masterpiece Care with a strategic location to help them achieve their vision.
Founded in 2001 by Tim Garforth-Bles, Masterpiece has developed four similar projects in Alberta starting in Medicine Hat in 2002 where they built the 133-unit Masterpiece River Ridge project. Suite composition at the River Ridge property is similar with 80 Long-Term Care and SL4 beds, so they bring a wealth of experience to the new project where Garforth-Bles hopes that Masterpiece will be creating something quite unique. He has been working on the Southland Meadows project for a year now and is shovel ready, meaning construction trades in Medicine Hat will be busy starting in spring 2016.