Premier and minister say province committed to building hospital

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The provincial government is expecting a report from Stantec within the next week to 10 days that will guide how it proceeds with construction of a new hospital in Corner Brook.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Health Minister Susan Sullivan both reiterated the government’s committment to seeing the project proceed during a media scrum at the premier’s west coast office in the Sir Richard Squires Building on Wednesday.

Despite delays and a lack of money budgeted for the project in the last couple of years, Dunderdale said the province is “absolutely committed” to building the hospital.

She referred to the work currently being done by Stantec, an engineering and project management company, as significant and that it will guide the province’s next steps in the project.

Sullivan said Stantec has been tasked with providing a functional programming piece for the project.

“So what we can build here in the western area of the province is something that’s going to suit the needs of the entire region and is going to be right sized to do what needs to be done not just now, but into the future.”

Sullivan said once the province receives and reviews the report from Stantec it will move towards developing a functional plan and design work around that plan.

She wouldn’t provide a timeline for that, but said it is something the province wants to do as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Organizations: Stantec

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  • Observer
    February 21, 2013 - 18:50

    The government should make every effort to ensure the hospital is constructed as quickly as possible. Equally as important is the hospital should not be downsized in any manner. The future health of the entire West coast depends on it.

  • Michael Luedee
    February 21, 2013 - 11:01

    Good news on the premier's committment to the hospital. Hopefully, it's the plan that was specified when the site preparation was completed several years ago.

  • peter barry
    February 21, 2013 - 07:42

    the premier may say she is committed but we all know we are not getting what was promised.what we are going to get is downsized.marshall and granter should hang there heads for not speaking up for the people who elected them.its not only the hospital but what about that grenfell promise.

  • McDonald
    February 20, 2013 - 19:18

    Hey David, When are you running for office? Man you sure have all the answers and insight. Come out of your box and run - I would vote for you!

    • david
      February 20, 2013 - 20:40

      IMO, there is no bigger insult to someone than to suggest they should get into politics....to me, that is a truly cutting remark and one of the most offensive things anyone could ever say.

    • Whiny Dave
      February 21, 2013 - 08:36

      His whiny, complaining skills are well suited for the opposition.

  • david
    February 20, 2013 - 12:58

    ...and I say they are not. 1) They are committed to saying they are committed. 2) They are committed to getting re-elected. 3) Unless and until they sense that the political winds have made an about-face, they are committed to their party. I think that covers it.