Executive Council
Transportation and Works
Health and Community Services

January 12, 2018

Provincial Government Provides Update on Health Care Infrastructure for Western Newfoundland

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to establish an industry short list to solicit proposals for a new 164-bed acute care hospital in Corner Brook.

The new hospital will include the same services currently provided at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, as well an expanded cancer care program, including radiation services.

The facility will be designed, built, financed and maintained by the private sector. Services such as patient care, housekeeping and food services will be provided by public sector employees, as is currently the case. The value-for-money assessment for the acute care facility is available at: www.tw.gov.nl.ca/works/CBACH_Assessment.pdf PDF Icon.

After the RFQ process is complete, a Request for Proposals will be issued to qualifying firms. Construction of the new regional acute care hospital in Corner Brook is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed by 2023.

The new acute care hospital is in addition to the new 145-bed long-term care facility that is currently under construction at the same site, which reached financial close in mid-December. The approach for the hospital will follow the same approach used for the long-term care facility.

The two projects combined will create an estimated 4,330 person years of employment and $498 million in economic activity.

The comprehensive value-for-money assessment for the long-term care project has concluded that partnering with the private sector will result in savings of ten per cent over the 30-year agreement – up from the originally estimated 8.9 per cent – for a total estimated savings of $14.6 million. The final value-for-money assessment report for the long-term care facility can be found at: www.tw.gov.nl.ca/works/CB_LTC_VFM_REPORT.pdf PDF Icon

These initiatives support commitments outlined in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador. 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.

“We want the people of the western region to know that we are maintaining our commitment to deliver this long-awaited facility as promised. By seeking a partnership with the private sector, we have found a fiscally responsible way to ensure Newfoundlanders and Labradorians continue to receive high quality care. The best value for taxpayers’ dollars is a critical consideration as we work to reduce the province’s debt, while providing residents on the west coast with a modern facility that meets the needs of the region.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“We are proud to maintain our momentum on this project as we continue to take the necessary steps toward beginning construction in 2019. We recognize the need for this facility for the people of the western region and will continue to demonstrate our progress toward its completion. As with the long-term care facilities already announced for the western and central regions this year, we will deliver this hospital through an effective partnership that will benefit both industry and the public sector.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works

“I am pleased with the progress of this project and look forward to next steps. Combined with the long term care facility, the hospital will complete the new Western Memorial Regional Hospital Campus. Our government is committed to providing the right care, at the right time, to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in their communities. Ensuring state-of-the art infrastructure is available now and into the future helps achieve this vision of health care.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

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Learn more

The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Proponent Selected for Long Term Care Facility in Corner Brook - gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/exec/1103n01.aspx

Premier Ball Announces New Acute Care Regional Hospital for Western Newfoundland - gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/exec/0217n01.aspx

Premier Announces New Long-Term Care Home for Corner Brook - gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/exec/0120n02.aspx

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2018 01 12                                                    12:50 p.m.