April 3, 2013 CAMPBELL RIVER – With site preparation work set to get underway to make way for the new Campbell River Hospital, the Wei Wai Kum First Nation today welcomed the project that will be built in their traditional territory.
“It is great news for families in this region as we mark another step forward for the new Campbell River Hospital and the North Islands Hospital Project,” said Minister of Health Margaret MacDiarmid.” This new hospital in combination with the Comox Valley Hospital will ensure strengthened patient care on the North Island into the future.”
The new Campbell River 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 and the North Island Hospitals Project, I would like to thank the Wei Wai Kum for welcoming this project to their traditional territory,” said Don Hubbard, VIHA board chair. “ Aboriginal partnerships are very important to VIHA. We are committed to providing health services to all patients in culturally appropriate healing environments.”
The new Campbell River Hospital will be built at the existing hospital site located on 2nd Avenue and will replace the aging, 70-bed acute care facility. The estimated cost of the new, 95-bed hospital is $266 million.
The new $334 million Comox Valley Hospital will have up to 153 beds and will replace St. Joseph’s General Hospital.
“This is a very exhilarating moment for the North Island Hospitals Project,” said Claire Moglove, chair of the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District board. “ The beginning of site preparations represents a clear step forward for the Campbell River location – a step that brings to fruition the many years of effort by the numerous people involved.”
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).
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 health-care facilities as part of a $2.3-billion health sector capital plan.
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North Island Hospitals Project