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Construction on $25 million Siemens Institute begins

Ground was broken this week on a research laboratory designed to be the home of some of the most advanced medical technology in Canada.

The Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Health Sciences Centre Wi

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Ground was broken this week on a research laboratory designed to be the home of some of the most advanced medical technology in Canada.

The Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg broke ground on the Siemens Institute for Advanced Medicine on Tuesday. The Institute will focus on advancements in neurosciences, infectious diseases, advances imaging, medical informatics and new surgical techniques.

The 80,000 square food building will feature state-of-the-art tools and technology, according to a group spokesman.

"We have had wonderful support from a broad spectrum of donors in Winnipeg and beyond," said Hubert Kleysen, Breakthrough! Campaign Chair. "Because of the generosity of so many people, we already have more than $21 million committed."

The Siemens Institute for Advanced Medicine will be located at the William Avenue entrance to the Health Sciences Centre complex, adjacent to the new Ann Thomas Critical Services Building, a more than $100 million facility featuring state-of-the-art operating theatres, intensive care suites and emergency rooms set to begin opening early in the new year.

"Today's groundbreaking marks another important milestone for the Institute and moves us one step closer towards our common goal of providing better health care for Canadian families, including the people of Winnipeg," said Vic Toews, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on behalf of Minister Carol Skelton, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of Western Economic Diversification.

Dr. Brian Postl, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said the collaboration will help recruit and retain world leaders in both research and treatment. "The state-of-the-art facility that this will result in will rival any other institutes not only nationally but internationally," Dr. Postl said.
Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre