Executive Council
Health and Community Services
Transportation and Works

June 7, 2018

Milestones Reached in Development of Western Newfoundland Health Care Campus

Today, at an event marking the progress of the Corner Brook Long-Term Care Home, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced that the new 164-bed acute care hospital has advanced to the next stage of the procurement process. The continued progress highlights the Provincial Government’s commitment to improving access to health care.

Following a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which was issued on January 12, 2018, Atlantic Healthcare Partnership and Corner Brook Health Partnership will advance to the next stage of the procurement process and will shortly receive the Request for Proposals (RFP) documents.

The successful proponent will be selected in spring 2019 with construction of the new hospital scheduled to begin later that year and completed in 2023. The new hospital will include the same services currently provided at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, as well as an expanded cancer care program and radiation services.

Information on the RFQ/ RFP Process for the Western Memorial Regional Hospital Campus can be found in the backgrounder below.

Construction of the new 145-bed long-term care home began in November with final concrete being poured for the foundation of the building over the next few days as crews prepare for the installation of structural steel. The home will open in 2020 and help meet demand for long-term care in the region and make better use of resources at Western Memorial Regional Hospital.

Over the course of construction, an estimated 4,300 person years of employment and $498 million in economic activity will be created. Once operational, upwards of 200 public service employees will be required at the long-term care home.

A comprehensive value-for-money assessment for the long-term care home concluded earlier this year that partnering with the private sector will result in savings of 10 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.

These initiatives deliver on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

“My government recognizes the value of health care to residents. We are proud to be delivering on our commitments that will improve access to health care in this region, and across the province. These improvements will also help create new jobs and stimulate the local economy. This reflects our balanced Way Forward.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“I am pleased with the progress of this project and look forward to the completion of the new Western Memorial Regional Hospital Campus. By partnering with the business community, our government continues to find ways to provide important health care infrastructure in a cost-effective way that is responsible to all taxpayers.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works

"Our government is making significant investments to enhance health care throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, meeting commitments in The Way Forward. Corner Brook's new acute care hospital will play a vital role in our efforts to deliver better health care services and improved patient outcomes."
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

“Residents of Western Newfoundland were left with empty promises for way too long about building a modern health care facility to meet their needs. Our government is delivering on our promise. In addition to providing residents with the care and services that they deserve, government’s investment in a new hospital and long-term care centre on the west coast will provide significant employment opportunities for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. I look forward to the completion of these important projects for Corner Brook, and the entire western region of the province.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources and MHA for Corner Brook

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Learn more
The Way Forward

Corner Brook Acute Care Fairness Advisor Report

Detail Regarding the teams responding to the Request for Qualifications

Provincial Government Provides Update on Health Care Infrastructure for Western Newfoundland

Proponent Selected for Long Term Care Facility in Corner Brook

Provincial Government Announces New Long-Term Care Homes for Central Newfoundland

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Information on RFQ/ RFP Process for the Western Memorial Regional Hospital Campus

Submissions were evaluated on three criteria – team lead, design-builder, and service provider. An evaluation manual was developed to guide the process and all aspects were monitored by a fairness advisor.

The RFP will require proponents to submit a full project proposal that will include technical details on the construction and maintenance of the new facility, as well as to demonstrate their financial capability to successfully deliver the project.

Proponents will also be required to submit Women’s Employment Plans with their proposals in keeping with government’s commitment in The Way Forward: Realizing our Potential.

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