New hospitals and health care initiatives the topic of discussion at North Island community information meetings last month


More than 70 people turned out for community information meetings hosted by Island Health in Campbell River on November 17th and the Comox Valley on November 24th.

Initially, the community information meetings were hosted by Island Health’s North Island Hospitals Project team and focused specifically on construction of the new hospitals in the Comox Valley and Campbell River. Island Health has since expanded the public meetings to cover the wide range of health care programs and services throughout the North Island including local initiatives as well as new directions from the Ministry of Health.

“We really want to make sure that it’s a bi-directional dialogue so we really want that opportunity to get that feedback from the community to understand what they felt was of value in the presentation. So we’re really looking at it as a continuous quality improvement opportunity,” said Dermot Kelly, Executive Director of Island Health’s Geographic Area 1, which includes the North Island and mainland coast. “This is so positive, an incredible opportunity to be able to deliver quality care and services to the communities that we have the privilege to partner with. It’s going to be a positive journey. Absolutely a huge sense of excitement associated with that.”

The Ministry is calling on health authorities to “Create a patient-centred, integrated system of health and care that is understandable to patients and providers…” Targeted populations include:

• Complex chronic conditions
• Frail Seniors
• Mental Health and Substance Use
• Vulnerable Children and Youth
• Vulnerable Perinatal and Families

The meetings also included updates on design and construction of the new hospitals which are scheduled to open in September 2017.
The next series of community information meetings are scheduled for the spring of 2017. Dates and venues will be announced in the New Year.

Click here to see a brief video of the Comox Valley community information meeting.