The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced its commitment to construct a new acute care regional hospital in Corner Brook. The new regional hospital will include the same services as available at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, as well as an expanded cancer care program, which will include radiation services.
A Request for Proposals for a Procurement Advisor, issued February 17, is the first step in the implementation of the acute care hospital project. The hospital will be designed, built, financed and maintained by the private sector. Services such as patient care, laundry, housekeeping and food services will be provided by public sector employees as is currently the case.
“While it is critical that we provide needed health care facilities, it is equally important that we do so in a cost-effective manner, attaining the greatest value for taxpayers’ dollars,” said Al Hawkins, minister of transportation and works. “Both the acute care hospital and the long-term care facility in Corner Brook are examples of how we are finding more innovative and effective ways to deliver services.”
The new acute care regional hospital will be approximately 50,000 square metres and will include 164 acute care beds. This is in addition to the new 145 bed facility that will begin construction later this year and include 120 long-term care, 15 palliative care and 10 rehabilitative beds on the campus for a total of 309 beds.
Construction of the new acute care regional hospital is scheduled to begin in 2019 with the facility to be completed in 2023.