Premier announces $227M for new Corner Brook hospital

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Premier Kathy Dunderdale. — Telegram file photo

Premier Kathy Dunderdale has announced a $227-million investment over three years “to advance construction” of a new regional, acute care health facility in Corner Brook.

The premier said in a news release today, the 2013 budget will allow for the significant advancement of the design of this important infrastructure project.

“From Day 1, our government has not waivered in our commitment to construct a new hospital for the people of western Newfoundland and today I am proud to announce our investment of $227 million over the next three years to make this project a reality,” said Dunderdale. “We have a strong vision for Newfoundland and Labrador and a pillar of that commitment is a solid health care system that is sustainable, responsive and meets the needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

 Health and Community Services Minister Susan Sullivan, Tom Marshall, minister of natural resources and MHA for Humber East, and Vaughn Granter, MHA for Humber West, joined the premier for today’s announcement.

The news release says the next phase of this project will finalize the design for the new hospital complex, which includes an acute care centre, a separate long-term care facility, with in-patient mental health services, and a hostel. The complex will have 260 beds.

The provincial government will issue a request for proposals for professional design services by July of this year to complete the detailed design of the facilities. Construction is expected to begin on the site in 2015.

“Our government is steadfast in its commitment to build a health-care facility in the western region that will address the health care needs and demands not just for now, but well into the future,” said Sullivan. “We must invest wisely to sustain our health-care system and that responsibility is balanced with the recognition that we must continue to focus on critical infrastructure.  Our investment proves that we are focused on providing the right care in the right place.”

The province says this latest funding will build on a review undertaken by Stantec, an engineering management company, to revise the master plan for the replacement of the Western Memorial Regional Hospital. It says Stantec’s process was an important due diligence step, one that has had a positive impact on the composition of the new facility and takes into consideration existing needs and future demands.

“Our comprehensive planning process for the new hospital in Corner Brook has ultimately been to the benefit of residents in the western region,” said Marshall. “I am proud to be part of a government that places such emphasis on ensuring we have a solid plan in place for our children and grandchildren. This new hospital will be a testament to that drive and dedication.”

Granter said he’s also pleased to see government making this investment in the new regional hospital. “This facility will ensure that strong health-care services continue to be available to residents now and well into the future,” Granter said.

Organizations: Corner Brook hospital, Community Services, Western Memorial Regional Hospital

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Humber East Humber West

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  • Fred Hup
    March 21, 2013 - 16:53

    It would be nice to know what is going to happen to the mill and the site it occupies long term. If the mill were gone the site would be the proper location for the hospital. Then residents of Corner Brook wouldn't have to take a taxi to see their loved ones and the hospital would not be located in the cold snow belt.

  • ger
    March 21, 2013 - 06:01

    Amazing how many announcements can be with the same money!!!!!!

  • gord
    March 20, 2013 - 23:14

    Unbelievable, it is too late for this tactic! The respect and confidence is lost and you can announce what you will for where ever in the province, you blew it girl!

  • Long Point
    March 20, 2013 - 21:49

    With all the cut Backs with a New Hospital that is being build With No Doctors like in Stephenville. Government build a New Hospital and got rid of most of the Doctors and Specialist 7 hour waits for all the sick and dying. 1 Doctor on call and if a emergencies comes up, I petty you if you are waiting; With all the Fracking that Government wants. Cancer Rates and sick people will be of this wall. Death Certificates will be a busy trend and even less Doctor’s Less Tax payers to pay them for what is left.

  • Patricia Keefe
    March 20, 2013 - 18:54

    Dunderdale is just trying to deflect from the fact that she is spending $80 million on her office renovations. Instead of spending that money on her bleeping office why can't that money go into our schools? The conservative gov't is a disgrace.

  • skipper
    March 20, 2013 - 14:02

    You can build what hospitals you want but you still need to have the funds to staff it.To late to try and buy votes now your govt has screwed to many people outside of St. Johns of course they may not be there to vote against P.C. govt as most of them are out of the province trying to make a living yet paying taxes in NFLD. so the over paid politians can get ther inflated salaries and pensions.

    • Frank
      March 20, 2013 - 15:20

      So no one left the province before this government came into power? Unreal. More people have come back since the PCs have been in power.

  • david
    March 20, 2013 - 13:02

    "Advance the construction"...I've never heard it described quite that way before... This must be a 3 or 4 election project...produced like a TV mini-series, complete with 'cliffhangers'....."Will Aunt Mavis die? Will the doctor have to operate in the woods? And what about Naomi?" To even try to pull this off is truly a testament to our politicians' depth of arrogance and this electorate's predictable, easily bought stupidity.

  • Taxpayer
    March 20, 2013 - 12:02

    It's one thing to announce another is to produce, this government plays smoke and mirrors. 2015 cannot come fast enought.

  • dan
    March 20, 2013 - 11:39

    You said it Philly! ABC in NL!

  • Brian
    March 20, 2013 - 10:26

    Can you see whats happening here , yes we need the hospital but all we have been hearing is NO MONEY!!!, now we have Jerome Kennedy announcing 24 Million for new arena in Harbour Grace to be finished in 2015, design work for hospital to commence construction 2015, they will be ready to tout same when they run in the next election!!!!!!! Now how abount a modest wage increase for government workers!!!

  • philly
    March 20, 2013 - 10:10

    Of course they announce this now. It's called buying votes. A predictable strategy from a predicable government. My advice to the people of Corner nice until 2015, then boot these jokers like the rest of us can't wait to do.

    • Frank
      March 20, 2013 - 15:18

      If you went out and got a job and stopped your whining you would be better off. If you want any government to solve your problems you are in a sad state..and they will be reelected because they are doing a good job