Project Update – November 2013


Our latest newsletter has project updates about the Sunshine Wellness Centre Survivors Celebration, the new NIHP website, proponent submission evaluations and the latest community information meetings.

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NIHP community information meetings continue


The North Island Hospitals Project team brought its latest round of quarterly community information meetings to the Comox Valley and Campbell River in late October.

The meetings at the K’ómoks First Nation hall and the Wei Wai Kum Thunderbird Hall were well attended, as Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow brought updates on the scope of the $600 million project which includes a $334 million, 153-bed hospital in Courtenay near the corner of Lerwick and Ryan roads, and a $266 million, 95-bed ...

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Sunshine Wellness Centre ‘Survivors’ celebration

You could say construction of a new ambulance access route at the Campbell River Hospital site was a piece of cake… but it wasn’t.
The cake came later, at the Sunshine Wellness Centre Survivors Luncheon.

The NIHP team extends its deepest thanks to the SWC staff, volunteers and physicians for their patience and cooperation during this noisy and disruptive time. Of all the site preparation activity at Campbell River Hospital, the most challenging by far was construction ...

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Evaluation teams scrutinize technical submissions from three project proponents


North Island Hospitals Project leaders are praising the work and commitment of evaluation teams as the detailed review of technical submissions from three proponents approaches its second month. Roughly 150 people have been involved in the evaluations at offices in Campbell River, Courtenay and Victoria, including technical and clinical experts and dozens of advisors from the Comox Valley and Campbell River health communities.

Those advisors come from all disciplines at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox and Campbell River General Hospital ...

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Frequently asked questions and answers from recent community meetings


The following FAQ has been developed to respond to common questions and themes raised at North Island Hospitals Project community meetings held in October 2013.

Community Involvement:

How will the local communities be engaged on the North Island Hospitals Project?

  • One mechanism of community engagement on the project is through quarterly community meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity to publicly raise key issues important to the community. Since December 2012, the project team has met with over 800 individuals and groups. This will ...
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Comox Valley Community Presentation


Island Health hosted a community meeting in Courtenay to update the community about North Island Hospitals Project. You can view the presentation online:

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What will be the process to explore a new role for St. Joseph’s?


There are many exciting possibilities for a new role for St. Joseph’s. Discussions will start with the Island Health Board of Directors and the Diocese of Victoria. Further discussions and planning will involve staff, physicians, members of the community and other agencies.


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What about autopsy services – will they be available at both new hospitals?

As set out in the original business plan, both new hospitals will include fully functioning labs and on site autopsy suites.


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Will I be working at both sites?

While the majority of staff will work at one of the two sites, there may be some staff that choose to work at both sites and some programs may have staff who work out of both sites.


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Will there be trauma services?

There will be trauma bays in the Emergency departments at each hospital site. Higher level trauma services in the Emergency department will be designed to address the type and level of patient care required. For example, there may be specific bays for casting, eye care, and other levels of emergency care that will be closely linked with medical imaging (x-rays) and other emergency related services.


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