CAMPBELL RIVER/COMOX VALLEY – In just one year residents of mid-and North Vancouver Island will begin benefitting from Island Health’s new hospitals in Campbell River and the Comox Valley.
“Comox Valley and Campbell River area residents are counting down to the opening for these two state-of-the-art facilities in the fall of 2017,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “In just 12 months, two new hospitals will be ready to offer enhanced patient-centered care to those in the mid-and North Island.”
Construction, which is 90% complete, will end in April, 2017. The new North Island Hospitals will open to the public in September, 2017, following the completion of clinical equipment installation and staff training.
“I have been proud to celebrate every milestone along the way for the North Island Hospitals Project,” said Comox Valley MLA Don McRae. “I know how important these new hospitals are to people in the region and the excitement is starting to build knowing the completion date is drawing nearer.”
Over the life of the project, construction of the new facilities will create an estimated 2,200 direct jobs and more than 1,400 indirect jobs. Monthly employment figures peaked in April, 2016 with more than 1,000 workers, including 290 apprentices, working at the two sites. Roughly two-thirds of the workforce is local and approximately 92 per cent from Vancouver Island.
The economic and social benefits of construction have extended well beyond employment and job training numbers. The project to date has purchased in excess of $165 million worth of equipment, products and services from a wide range of Vancouver Island companies.
“Everyone at Island Health is very proud of these hospitals, which will be vital links in the network of care that serves central and northern Vancouver Island,” said Island Health board chair Don Hubbard. “These leading edge facilities embrace excellence and innovation in ways that will help us provide outstanding care to patients and their families for many decades.”
Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District Chair Cornfield agreed. “It is amazing to see these hospitals come to fruition,” he said. “Building these two new leading-edge hospitals will ensure residents will receive the best care and service available for many years to come.”
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