People living in the Mid and North Island in British Columbia will benefit from bigger patient rooms, peaceful surroundings, and more surgery space in the North Island Hospital’s Comox Valley campus.
“People visit hospitals at the most challenging and critical times in their lives, and we want to make sure they have access to quality care,” said B.C. Premier John Horgan. “People will get the care they need at this remarkable new facility thanks to the talented and committed health professionals who put patient care first.”
The combined cost of the North Island Hospital project is $606.2 million, with the project cost-shared through a 60/40 split between the provincial government and the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District.
“Quality patient care and a design focused on patient comfort make this outstanding new hospital something that Comox Valley and Mid Island residents can be proud of for years to come,” said Minister of Health Adrian Dix. “This has been a highly complex project and a huge transition, and we are grateful to staff and health professionals for their hard work and continued commitment to excellence in patient care.”
The Comox Valley campus includes healing gardens for patients, visitors and staff, and in consideration of the cultural needs of the Indigenous community, traditional medicine gardens featuring plants used by Indigenous healers.
“These new facilities are the result of years of planning and ongoing support from our community partners. Thank you for the long-term dedication from everyone involved, and the investments provided by the Province and Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District. North Island residents will now have access to high quality health-care facilities close to their homes for years to come,” said Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District chair Charlie Cornfield.
The North Island Hospital, Comox Valley campus is part of the North Island Hospitals Project, which also includes a 95-bed campus in Campbell River. The 39,826 square metre (428,700 square foot) 153-bed Comox Valley campus includes larger, single-patient rooms, an emergency room three times larger than the original space, six operating rooms, 18 surgical procedural rooms, cardio-pulmonary diagnostic services, a laboratory, pharmacy, an orthopedic clinic, and University of British Columbia academic teaching space.
The St. Joseph’s Hospital site, now known as The Views at St. Joseph’s, will continue offering residential care to members of the community who can no longer live independently. Further options for its future are being discussed with Island Health and community organizations. Over the life of the project, construction of the new hospitals created an estimated 2,200 direct jobs and more than 1,400 indirect jobs. Patients moved in to the Comox Valley campus on Oct. 1, 2017.