Funding for Hospital Project announced
The long awaited funding announcements were finally made for the North Island Hospital Project.
Premier Christy Clark, Comox Valley MLA Don McRae along with VIHA and hospital representatives were on hand at the Courtenay Campus of North Island College to make the the announcement.
The Project cost is estimated at up to $600 million, which includes two new hospitals to benefit Vancouver Island patients living in the Comox Valley, Campbell River and surrounding communities.
"Our government is proud to invest in these two new hospitals to ensure North Vancouver Island families have the best medical care when they need it and where they need it, in their communities," say Premier Clark. "These projects will also create construction jobs in the region and will provide long term opportunities for health-care professionals and their families."
The New Comox Valley hospital is estimated at approximately $334 million and will be be jointly funded between the B.C. government and the Comox-Strathcona Regional Hospital District, 60 per cent by the government and 40 by the District.
"We are pleased to hear today that the Treasury Board has approved what we had presented as a business plan with VIHA's help," says Comox Mayor and former long time member of the Hospital Board Paul Ives. "If you look at the infrastructures and spending for the next couple years, it ranks right up with the Inland Island Highway and the Airport. The potential for the future growth of the Valley, I think, is ensured here."
The Comox Valley Hospital will have a capacity for up to 153 beds and will replace the existing 116-bed St. Joseph's General Hospital.
The plan is for the new hospital to be located at the intersection of Lerwick and Ryan Roads in Courtenay, adjacent to the North Island College.
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