Dr. Stuart Pavilion residents moving to Abbotsford

The 75 Mission residents will be across the river until the new care facility is completed

Dr. Stuart Pavilion residents are moving to Abbotsford temporarily.

Dr. Stuart Pavilion residents are moving to Abbotsford temporarily.

The 75 residents of Mission’s Dr. Stuart Pavilion in Mission Memorial Hospital are moving into their temporary home in Abbotsford this week in preparation for major upgrades to MMH over the next two years.

Alyce Campbell of the Mission Health Care Auxiliary (MHCA) said she and a group of volunteers toured the temporary digs in Abbotsford last Saturday.

She said each resident will have their own room, and they are bright and cheery with large windows.

The dining room is spacious with a fireplace and sizeable north-facing windows where residents will enjoy their meals prepared on site by the kitchen staff.

“I found the facility overall is fresh, bright and cheerful and welcoming to residents and visitors alike,” said Campbell.

The three-floor temporary facility will be located at the Ebenezer Care Home, 33433 Marshall Rd. and the formal name will be Residential Services, Dr. Stuart Pavilion at Ebenezer. Each floor has its own nursing station. Fraser Health has leased the premises until 2013.

The 75 residents will be moved over three days this week, on April 16, 18, and 20. The MHCA volunteers will be on hand to welcome the residents to their temporary home.

A new 200-bed residential care facility will be built on the existing site of the Dr. Stuart Pavilion at MMH, with construction expected to begin some time in early summer.

According to the Fraser Health Authority, this will add 25 per cent more residential care beds to the community.