Queen Charlotte is moving closer to a new hospital, with the government releasing a Request for Qualifications on July 18.
Along with the request was a list of what can be expected to replace the old facility – which was built in 1950, was becoming derelict and included an Atco trailer doubling as a morgue – and it is quite an extensive list. The replacement hospital will feature eight acute-care beds, plus one labour, delivery and recovery suite. The redevelopment will provide a modern environment for the delivery of public and mental health and addictions programs, and home and community care services. A newly reconfigured hospital layout will benefit the delivery of acute and emergency services, which will include designated program space for diagnostic imaging, as well as laboratory an pharmacy services. A new home and community care house with eight residential care beds for clients with complex needs will also be included. It will also meet LEED Gold certification.
“This project is an important investment in the future for the people who live in the Village of Queen Charlotte and surrounding communities,” said Cathy Ulrich, Northern Health CEO.
“It will provide improvements that enable the ongoing delivery of quality and sustainable health-care services.”
The overall total project cost of the new hospital is expected to be up to $50 million; the final cost will be confirmed once the competitive selection process is complete and a contract is signed with the successful bidding team. Funding will be cost-shared by the government of B.C. and the North West Regional Hospital District.
As well as providing a better facility for health care, it is hoped that the new facility help to attract and retain quality health care professionals in the community.
Once construction of the new hospital gets underway, it is expected that the project will generate approximately 189 direct jobs and 143 indirect jobs as well as stimulate the local economy.
“The North West Regional Hospital District and Village of Queen Charlotte are very pleased to see the beginning of the procurement process for this long- awaited hospital,” said mayor Carol Kulesha.