The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced that  new hospital to replace St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s will be built.
While the site of the new hospital has not been finalized, the site of the former Grace Hospital is being considered.
Consultants will be engaged this fall to begin the planning of the new hospital.
“We know that modern healthcare infrastructure creates better working environments and helps attract healthcare professionals, which leads to better health care services – and that is why it is important to replace this century-old building. This is in line with the principles of Health Accord NL, with the goal of improving social, economic, and environmental conditions affecting the health of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and providing timelier access to quality care. We look forward to the next steps of building a new hospital for our province,” said Premier Dr. Andrew Furey.
Recognizing the child care challenges faced by health professionals in the province, particularly with shifts during irregular hours, consideration for early learning and child care resources will be part of the planning process for the new hospital.
“Our government is committed to increasing access to quality health care by reimagining and improving the delivery of services throughout our province. The construction of a new hospital to replace St. Clare’s Hospital aligns with this commitment and allows for the delivery of health care in a new, modern setting,” said Tom Osborne, Minister of Health and Community Services.
The replacement is in addition to the construction of the new adult mental health and addictions hospital, currently under construction at Health Sciences Centre.  Construction of the new adult mental health and addictions hospital is anticipated to be completed in late 2024.
The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure also issued a tender earlier this year to improve and expand the emergency department at the Health Sciences Centre on the redevelopment of 2,230 square metres of the current space and the construction of a new 2,690 square metre extension.
“We’re excited that the replacement of St. Clare’s will help improve healthcare service delivery for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. This project will also create work for tradespeople in this province. More than 90 per cent of the tradespeople on the new adult mental health and addictions hospital and new hospital in Corner Brook are from this province and we look forward to seeing that continue,” said Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The department anticipates awarding a contract on the redevelopment in the near future.
The new infrastructure will help realign the delivery of acute care services on the Northeast Avalon, increase access to healthcare, and ensure the appropriate infrastructure is in place to meet future health care needs.
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