The Hospital

A New Century of Caring


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Construction began September 21, 2015 on the new 284-bed Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford. It will have 188 beds replacing the existing 156-bed facility and a 96-room secure unit for male and female offenders living with mental health issues. This is an innovative approach for delivering mental health care and supports to two separate groups of people with significant psychiatric rehabilitation needs.

 The new SHNB will provide a modern, appropriate, state of the art environment that will enhance the Hallwaylives of all who live, work and visit the facility.

As the only psychiatric rehabilitation hospital in Saskatchewan, we provide unique programs and services.  Our location, overlooking the scenic North Saskatchewan River valley is a piece of real estate that cannot be beat for the purposes of healing and rehabilitation.  The serenity and peace that flows around the grounds is refreshing and revitalizing. 

We require some diagnostic and treatment equipment, however, the key for us is in creating a comfortable, home-like environment where people feel safe, respected and accepted, which in psychiatry is therapeutic.

Our patients’ needs and wants are simple. They want and deserve the ability to have privacy, to not share a bathroom with several other people, natural lighting, a healing environment and appropriate building temperatures. They need what the rest of us take for granted day after day – a better quality of life.

A Century of Caring


basementConstruction of the Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford took place between 1911 and 1913, and the facility officially opened on February 4, 1914 with the transfer of 342 patients from the Brandon Mental Hospital in Manitoba.

At that time, the hospital was intended to accommodate 800 patients and was one of the most up-to-date mental hospitals of the day. In keeping with the most advanced views of that period, SHNB was one of the first hospitals of its kind to eliminate prison-type boundary walls and remove bars from its windows. 

They employed cutting edge treatment options for their patients. The Saskatchewan Hospital was considered one of the better hospitals in North America for the treatment of the mentally ill.

Old Chair

The hospital soon became a self-contained community with enough land to grow all the food it needed to sustain all the residents, a power generation system to keep it running, homes for their staff and a school for their children. They trained their psychiatric nurses there and the area became a thriving social centre

The SHNB continues the tradition of leading psychiatric rehabilitation treatment to this day, unfortunately, more than 100 years later, the structure of the hospital has not kept up with the times.


Today, the paint is peeling off the walls, the lighting is dim, the temperature varies between too hot and too cold, sightlines are inadequate, there is no privacy for the patients and several share one bathroom, the burnt out areas from a fire long ago remain charred and boarded up. It is in a serious state of disrepair.

We need your help to enhance the quality of life for those who receive treatment here. To provide a place that nurtures healing and welcomes those who so desperately need our help.

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