Transportation and Works
Health and Community Services
February 17, 2017
Responding to Community Health Care Needs
Premier Ball Announces New Acute Care Regional Hospital for Western Newfoundland
The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today confirmed the Provincial Government’s commitment to construct a new acute care regional hospital in Corner Brook. The new regional hospital will include the same services as available at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, as well as an expanded cancer care program, which will include radiation services.
“Our goals, as outlined in The Way Forward are to build a strong economic foundation, provide better services and support better outcomes. A new acute care hospital in Corner Brook will deliver on these goals, addressing a key priority for the area. Combined with the recently announced long-term care facility, the hospital will complete the new Western Memorial Regional Hospital campus.”
- The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
A Request for Proposals for a Procurement Advisor, issued today, is the first step in the implementation of the acute care hospital project. This follows a comprehensive value for money assessment - www.tw.gov.nl.ca/works/CBACH_Assessment.pdf. The hospital will be designed, built, financed and maintained by the private sector. Services such as patient care, laundry, housekeeping and food services will be provided by public sector employees as is currently the case.
“While it is critical that we provide needed health care facilities, it is equally important that we do so in a cost-effective manner, attaining the greatest value for taxpayers dollars. Both the acute care hospital and the long-term care facility in Corner Brook are examples of how we are finding more innovative and effective ways to deliver services.”
- The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Transportation and Works
The new acute care regional hospital will be approximately 50,000 square metres and will include 164 acute care beds. This is in addition to the new 145 bed facility that will begin construction later this year and include 120 long-term care, 15 palliative care and 10 rehabilitative beds on the campus for a total of 309 beds.
“All services currently offered at the existing facility will be offered at the new facility. In addition, in the new facility, residents of the western region will benefit from the inclusion of an enhanced Cancer Care Program, which will include radiation services so that individuals who require this treatment will be able to receive it near the supportive environment of family and friends.”
- The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services
This initiative complements commitments outlined in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, available online at www.gov.nl.ca/pdf/the_way_forward.pdf. The vision guides Provincial Government actions to achieve greater efficiency, strengthen the province’s economic foundation, enhance services, and improve outcomes to promote a healthy and prosperous province.
- Premier Ball confirmed government’s commitment to a new acute care hospital in Corner Brook.
- The new hospital will include 164 acute care beds and will provide the same services currently offered at the existing hospital as well as an expanded cancer care program, which will include radiation services.
- Construction of the new acute care regional hospital is scheduled to begin in 2019 with the facility to be completed in 2023.
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2017 02 17 12:05 p.m.