Milestone reached for new Comox Valley Hospital

2013-03-08

COMOX – A blessing ceremony was performed today by K’ómoks First Nation at the site of the new Comox Valley Hospital.

“With site preparation well underway, today’s ceremony represents an important milestone in building patient care in the Comox Valley,” said Comox Valley MLA Don McRae on behalf of Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. “The new hospital will give patients and their families access to the best care possible in modern facilities.”

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Comox Valley Hospital Blessing Ceremony

Members of the K’ómoks First Nation perform a blessing ceremony at the site of the new Comox Valley Hospital. (March 8, 2013)

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release 2013HLTH0046-000439
March 8, 2013
Ministry of Health
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District
Milestone reached for new Comox Valley Hospital
COMOX – A blessing ceremony was performed today by K’ómoks First Nation at the site of the
new Comox Valley Hospital.
“With site preparation well underway, today’s ceremony represents an important milestone in
building patient care in the Comox Valley,” said Comox Valley MLA Don McRae on behalf of
Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. “The new hospital will give patients and their families
access to the best care possible in modern facilities.”
Five trees from the site of the Comox Valley Hospital are being gifted to the K’ómoks First
Nation to be used in a traditional building project.
The new Comox Valley Hospital is part of the North Island Hospitals Project, which will see two
new hospitals built on Northern Vancouver Island – one in Campbell River and one in the
Comox Valley – at a cost of up to $600 million.
“On behalf of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, our future patients and all our partners, I
would like to thank the K’ómoks people for blessing this site,” said Don Hubbard, VIHA board
chair. “Aboriginal partnerships are very important to VIHA. It is through an understanding of
cultural diversity that this new facility will provide all patients with a positive and culturally
appropriate healing environment.”
The new Comox Valley Hospital is located on a site next to North Island College and will replace
the aging St. Joseph’s Hospital. Its estimated cost is $334 million with 153 beds planned.
The new $266 million, 95-bed hospital at the existing Campbell River Hospital site will replace
Campbell River’s aging 70-bed acute-care facility.
Construction of both new hospitals is scheduled to get underway in 2014, with the hospitals
ready for occupancy by late 2017. Funding for the project is being provided by the Province (60
per cent) and the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District (40 per cent).“We’re excited to take this official step forward,” said Claire Moglove, chair of the ComoxStrathcona Regional Hospital District board. “The beginning of site preparations represents the
first concrete action in this long-awaited hospitals project. To bring this project to this point,
involved years of dedicated work for many people.”
Since 2001-02, $8 billion has been spent on health sector capital projects in British Columbia.
Over the next three years, British Columbia will benefit from investments such as new healthcare facilities as part of a $2.3-billion health sector capital plan.
Media Contacts: Ryan Jabs
Media Relations Manager
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)
Dan MacLennan
Communications
North Island Hospitals Project
Vancouver Island Health Authority
250 850-2943
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