The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a consultant to develop a master plan and program for the replacement of St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital.

The approach to expanding access to health care, and ensuring that appropriate infrastructure is in place to meet future health care needs, requires detailed and innovative planning. The consultant will be required to determine the scope of services required at the new hospital on the Northeast Avalon, including appropriate space and location requirements.

“This RFP is an important next step in our plan to replace St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and realign and optimize healthcare on the Northeast Avalon. The new hospital, along with our expanded emergency department at the Health Sciences Centre and the new adult mental health and addictions hospital will create better working environments for health care professionals and improve access to care for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.” said Premier Dr. Andrew Furey.

The consultant will also assess acute care service delivery in the Northeast Avalon region, including the integration of new health care infrastructure, expanded access to inpatient care and other aspects of health care service delivery in the region. As part of this work, the consultant will be expected to engage with the newly formed Northeast Avalon Health Care Infrastructure Advisory Committee. This work is integral to meeting the needs of residents in the province’s most populous area, with the Northeast Avalon experiencing nearly 25 per cent population growth over the last two decades.

“Planning is an integral part of ensuring the delivery of appropriate health care in our province. Both the newly announced Northeast Avalon Health Care Infrastructure Advisory Committee and the issuance of the RFP signal our commitment to ensuring we have the infrastructure in place to meet the ongoing health care needs of our residents.” said Minister of Health and Community Services, Tom Osborne.

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The RFP closes on January 23, 2022. Submissions will be evaluated based on compliance with requirements of the RFP, including experience, schedule and pricing. The department anticipates awarding a contract this winter.

“This RFP will help guide our next steps to replace St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and ensure the new hospital meets the needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The new hospital will lead to better healthcare in the region and create employment for local tradespeople along the way,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Elvis Loveless.

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