Health and Community Services
July 23, 2010
Progress Continues on Health
Work on the new St. John's long term care facility and the new
hospital site in Corner Brook continues to move forward as the
Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services,
announced tenders for the construction of the remaining buildings for
the long term care facility in St. John's and for site grading at the
location of the new regional hospital in Corner Brook.
"The development of new provincial healthcare infrastructure is
essential in meeting the immediate and future needs of people in this
province," said Minister Kennedy. "The Williams Government has put into
action an infrastructure strategy that is delivering new hospitals, long
term care facilities and vital equipment and resources throughout
Newfoundland and Labrador to keep pace with our changing demographics
and healthcare demands."
A tender is being issued for the St. John's Long Term Care project
for the construction of the second resident tower, the centre core block
which will house food services, housekeeping, facilities maintenance,
education and staff wellness services, and a utility building.
The site selection for the St. John's Long Term Care facility was
first announced this past November. Once complete this facility will
include two residential buildings and accommodate a total of 456 beds,
space for recreation therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and
spirituality. A tender for the first residential building was issued in
May and closed mid-June. The awarding of this tender is expected to
happen in the near future.
The second tender is for site preparation for the planned regional
hospital in Corner Brook.
A new hospital for Corner Brook was first announced as a Blue Book
commitment in 2007 and the site selection was made this past September.
A separate tender was issued previously, in mid-June, for the extension
of water and sanitary services to the selected site, the widening and
paving of the existing road that connects Grenfell Drive to the upper
end of Wheeler's Road, the addition of a storm water system, a
pedestrian sidewalk, and a paved bicycle path. This tender is expected
to be awarded later this summer.
"We will take many significant steps to see these projects come to
fruition," said Minister Kennedy. "With each new tender issued we get
closer to an overall improved and upgraded provincial health
infrastructure. This has been a priority for this government, and we are
extremely pleased to move forward with these and other initiatives in
Corner Brook, St. John's and also throughout the province."
The Williams Government's significant investments in long term care
in Budget 2010:
The Right Investments — For Our Children and Our
include $27.3 million for the continued development of two
new long term care facilities in St. John's and $4 million to start
construction on a new 250-bed long term care facility in Carbonear.
Approximately $1.7 million will be invested in a new protective care
community residence in Bonavista, with specialized care and
accommodations for individuals with mild to moderate dementia.
Budget 2010 includes $208.9 million for health infrastructure. The
total figure includes $177.3 million for new facilities and equipment,
with $11.8 million for the continued construction of the new hospital in
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Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
2010 07 23 10:50 a.m.