© Geraldine Brophy
Western Regional Memorial Hospital
CORNER BROOK The provincial government is ready to move on to the next phase of building the new regional hospital in Corner Brook with the imminent issuance of a request for proposals for the development of a detailed construction design.
With functional space programming for the new hospital near completion, the request for proposals was announced by Health and Community Services Minister Susan Sullivan early Friday afternoon.
‚ÄúThe plan to develop the new hospital utilizes leading-edge practices in hospital construction, performance data of optimally delivered programs and services, as well as internationally-recognized expertise,‚ÄĚ said Sullivan in a prepared statement. ‚ÄúThe new hospital‚Äôs layout, services, and overall functionality are all being designed to complement the long-term demographics and needs of western Newfoundland.
Upon its completion, added Sullivan, the new hospital will be ‚Äúa flagship for health care services.‚ÄĚ
The minister said the request for proposals will be issued in the coming days and will bring together the engineering, architectural design and construction planning expertise required to finalize construction plans. It calls for the development of separate construction packages for both the long-term care facility and the acute care hospital.
The new hospital will be the largest building construction project undertaken by the provincial government since the Health Sciences Complex in St. John‚Äôs was constructed in the 1970s.
‚ÄúThe scale and complexities of the overall project require a tremendous amount of construction detailing and design before construction can commence,‚ÄĚ Transportation and Works Minister Nick McGrath said in the same press release.
Analysis completed to date, according to the province, recommends 160 acute care beds and an additional 100 long-term care beds to meet the region‚Äôs chronic and long-term care needs. This is in addition to the new 14-bed restorative care unit that recently opened in Corner Brook.
It is anticipated that construction on the long-term care facility will commence in 2015, followed by commencement of the acute care hospital in 2016.