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The Boundary Trails Health Centre expansion received another financial boost recently.

The Elks Club recently donated $12,000 to the BTHC Building for the Future fund.

"We are so very grateful to the Elks club. They have been supporters of the Foundation projects since the beginning," BTHC Foundation Executive Director Shannon Samatte-Folkett explains, adding past commitments from the Elks Club include helping purchase equipment in rehab services, child and youth programs and obstetrics.

"We are honoured they believe in our project to help expand this hospital," she says. "They see the need and want to help us achieve our goals."

While the project still needs to be green-lit by the Province, Samatte-Folkett says the fund is gaining momentum.

"BTHC is bursting at the seams and this has been proven on several studies," she explains. "Our communities are growing and BTHC needs to grow with them in order to offer the standard of care these community members are accustomed to."

Currently, the expansion committee has completed a secondary report answering several questions MB Health/Shared Services had after the initial meetings and proposal.

Samatte-Folkett says the Province has a genuine interest in the project, and had many specific questions for the committee.

"The good news is that even though this process is extremely slow, the project is not dead," she says. "BTHC staff do an amazing job working within the space they have but it is tight and we just want to help alleviate this with our expansion plans."

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