Foxton healthcare dream takes shape
Anticipation is mounting for good quality, accessible healthcare in Foxton as the Te Waiora Health medical centre takes shape.
The first sod was turned on the Ladies Mile site in September after local businessman Larry Ellison bankrolled the project.
Foxton Area Medical Trust chairman Neville Gimblett said the trust planned to buy the building once it is completed.
"We have ownership of the section it is on already - we took that over from the council and the idea is the medical trust has the opportunity to buy the building from the Ellisons at a very favourable price," he said.
"If we're able to do that, then the trust will get the rental streams, and any profits from the centre will be available for distribution within the community."
Mr Gimblett said the trust would be the "landlord" of the service provider - a partnership between the Central PHO and Te Runanga o Raukawa.
"In terms of formal agreements, we would be their landlords but I think we are all on the same page of what we are trying to achieve with this medical centre," he said. "So the whole idea is that it will provide a focus for people in the community to take ownership of their own lives and own health."
Mr Gimblett said there was a sense of excitement in the community watching the building grow.
"This community has waited for a good 20 years - it's been talked about and I think a lot of people had given up and thought it was one of those things that would never happen," he said.
"It's a really powerful symbol within this community, maybe we've turned the corner and are going on the upwards direction."
Critical to the service would be a new model of care featuring kaupapa tuku iho, or inherited values, to improve the provision of care to individuals and their families.
- Manawatu Standard
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