Prov­ince up­dates progress of Corner Brook acute care hospi­tal pro­cure­ment process

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Sports - BY GARY KEAN gkean@thewest­ern­star.com

With steel ex­pected to ar­rive for the long-term care building now un­der con­struc­tion later in the day, the provin­cial gov­ern­ment an­nounced the lat­est progress to­wards building the acute-care com­po­nent of Corner Brook’s new re­gional hospi­tal on Thurs­day, June 7.

The lat­est news is the prov­ince has ad­vanced to the next stage in the pro­cure­ment process for the 164-bed acute care fa­cil­ity.

Fol­low­ing a re­quest for qual­i­fi­ca­tions is­sued in Jan­uary, 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 doc­u­ments.

The suc­cess­ful pro­po­nent will be se­lected in the spring of 2019. Con­struc­tion of the new hospi­tal is sched­uled to be­gin later next year and should be com­pleted in 2023.

The acute care building will be around 50,000 square feet, which is the equiv­a­lent of com­bin­ing the foot­prints of both the cur­rent Western Me­mo­rial Re­gional Hospi­tal and Corner Brook Re­gional High School com­bined.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Pre­mier Dwight Ball dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the con­struc­tion site over­look­ing the city and the scenic Bay of Is­lands and Blow-Me-Down Moun­tains.

Ball was ac­com­pa­nied by Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter John Hag­gie, Western Health chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Cindy Davis and other provin­cial politi­cians.

Con­struc­tion of the 145-bed long-term care home be­gan last Novem­ber with fi­nal con­crete be­ing poured for the foun­da­tion Two work­ers in­stall some of the me­chan­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture for the longterm care building be­ing erected as part of the new re­gional hospi­tal con­struc­tion site in Corner Brook dur­ing a me­dia tour on Thurs­day, June 7. of the building in the com­ing days as crews pre­pare for the in­stal­la­tion of struc­tural steel. The first ship­ment of steel was ex­pected to pos­si­bly ar­rive later Thurs­day.

The long-term care por­tion of the new com­plex will open in 2020.

Here is some of what was said at Thurs­day’s press con­fer­ence and me­dia tour of the site:

“This is not about just com­ing and cut­ting a rib­bon and un­veil­ing a

Pre­mier Dwight Ball:

sign. This is re­ally about tak­ing ac­tion in de­liv­er­ing health care ser­vices to New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans.”

Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter John Hag­gie:

“Build­ings like this (long-term care home) will make a huge dif­fer­ence, and not just for the peo­ple that are in them. They are go­ing to free up and open up the acute-care sec­tor and the elec­tive surgery beds we need to deal with our wait times. We are not there yet, but we are bet­ter than we were be­fore.”

Cindy Davis, Western Health’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer:

“What a view. We have so many ar­chi­tects and plan­ners that have been in­volved with us. Every time they come to this site, they talk about what a view. For res­i­dents of our long-term care fa­cil­ity, this is go­ing to be the view they see every morn­ing when they wake up and we’re pretty proud over that.”

GARY KEAN / THE WESTERN STAR

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