January 14, 2010
VICTORIA – The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) has submitted its concept paper to build two new hospitals in Campbell River and the Comox Valley to the provincial government.
“We are very excited about moving these hospitals forward to the next stage in their development,” said Howard Waldner, President and CEO for VIHA. “We hope that this proposal will find favour with the province so that we can move forward with building a fully-costed and approved business case.”
In 2009, VIHA and the Comox-Strathcona Regional Hospital District (CSRHD) agreed on a new proposal to build two new hospitals on the North Island in Campbell River and the Comox Valley, with the CSRHD agreeing to fund up to forty percent of the project.
“This is an exciting development and we are glad to see it move from VIHA to the province,” said Charlie Cornfield, Mayor of Campbell River and Chair of the CSRHD. “We recognize and understand that these are challenging financial times, but we urge the province to give this proposal serious consideration to be built as soon as possible.”
The concept paper can be viewed at: www.viha.ca/about_viha/news/. The concept paper synthesizes previous public documents and presentations released over the last 18 months relating to the two hospital model. Additional information about acute care renewal on the North Island is available at: www.viha.ca/about_viha/community/comoxstrathcona.htm
If approved by the province in 2010, the new hospitals could be operational as soon as 2014.
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