Ten­ders called for new long-term care fa­cil­ity

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The provin­cial Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works has called ten­ders for the con­struc­tion of the main build­ing to house a new long-term care fa­cil­ity in Car­bon­ear.

Site prepa­ra­tion is near­ing com­ple­tion, and this lat­est ten­der rep­re­sents the next phase of this health care in­fra­struc­ture mega-project.

The ten­der also for the con­struc­tion of a pa­tient res­i­dence and a sup­port ser­vices build­ing, which will be con­nected by a dou­ble cor­ri­dor link to Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

The res­i­dence will in­clude food and laun­dry ser­vices and a cafe­te­ria that will serve both the long-term care fa­cil­ity and the ex­ist­ing hos­pi­tal. The sup­port ser­vices build­ing will house staff of­fices, ma­te­ri­als stor­age, re­ceiv­ing docks, garbage dis­posal and re­cy­cling, as well as the main me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal rooms.

The work will also see the ex­ist­ing hos­pi­tal boiler plant ex­panded and al­tered to ac­com­mo­date a new emer­gency gen­er­a­tor and an ex­ist­ing boiler re­placed with a larger unit.

The 250-bed long-term care fa­cil­ity is go­ing up ad­ja­cent to the older hos­pi­tal build­ing.

Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy said in an ear­lier in­ter­view with The Com­pass, al­most $20 mil­lion from Bud­get 2011 is be­ing spent on the long-term care project this year, and some $35 mil­lion will be spent on the project from Bud­gets 2012 and 2013.

The long-term care build­ing and hos­pi­tal upgrades will cost the province an es­ti­mated $108 mil­lion by the time it is ready to ad­mit its first res­i­dents in late 2014 or early 2015.

“ Pleased to see the con­struc­tion of this fa­cil­ity progress to the next phase,” Kennedy said in a news re­lease: “By mov­ing for­ward with con­struc­tion of this fa­cil­ity, the provin­cial gov­ern­ment is re­spond­ing to a need for en­hanced...long-term care ser­vices, which will al­low res­i­dents to re­main as close to home as pos­si­ble.”

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