A Guide to Whitehorse, Yukon
Hospital Corporation Board Chair Craig Tuton and CEO Joe MacGillivray announced on April 28, 2011, that the construction of the new staff residence on Hospital Road, overlooking the Yukon River and the city of Whitehorse, has been completed.
Crocus Ridge Residence and Health Services Facility consists of four floors; the top two floors will house 34 residential units while the two bottom floors are presently being finished as office space on a build-to-suit lease.
“The opening of the residence signifies a substantial milestone in the history of the YHC and supports the YHC’s recent Top 100 Employers in Canada award”, said Tuton.
The building was constructed by TSL Contractors of Whitehorse at a cost of $17.8 million, which was $1.8 million above the budget approved in December 2008. It will provide short term housing for visiting medical specialists, temporary and summer relief staff, medical residents, nursing students and other health care professionals. The new residence will be available for staff to move into in early May. The bottom two floors will be completed in another 2 months.
“Crocus Ridge Residence will position the YHC to succeed in a very competitive market for recruiting and retaining health care professionals”, said Joe MacGillivray. “Readily available and convenient short term housing is a huge incentive for professionals who are looking to relocate to Whitehorse”.
The old residence, often referred to as "the gulag" due to its age, will be demolished under a separate contract at a later date.
The name of the building was chosen through a contest that was open to all Yukon Hospital Corporation employees. The colourful Prairie crocus (Pulsatilla patens) is the first flower to bloom every spring on the hillsides adjacent to the residence.