Friday is a big day in Humboldt. The city's new hospital is now officially open.

The 7,500 square meter facility is located on the northwest edge of Humboldt. It replaces the old St. Elizabeth's hospital.

The $40 million facility has the capacity to care for 34 patients with an additional four observation beds. It will also provide day surgeries and has increased capacity to accommodate visiting surgeons, therapies and cancer care.

The province provided $26 million for planning and construction. Money was also provided by the Saskatoon Health Region and surrounding communities with the remainder of the balance coming from fundraising efforts.

The hospital should be ready to receive its first patients by mid-April.