Burns Lake hospital a go

Health Minister Michael de Jong was in Burns Lake recently to announce the approval of the new Lakes District Hospital.

Health Minister Michael de Jong was in Burns Lake recently to announce the approval of the new Lakes District Hospital.

Procurement for the project will begin this spring with construction expected to start in 2013 and be completed in 2015.

“We want to get on with this and we want to see this take shape,” he said.

The announcement was made during a Babine Forest Products sawmill employee breakfast.

Minister de Jong said, “Do not under estimate the degree to which your community’s response to the Babine Forest Products tragedy has inspired others across B.C. and across Canada. This tale will be told and retold for many years to come.”

The long awaited news was also welcomed by chiefs from the six local First Nations, Michael McMillan, chief operating officer from Northern Health, government officials, including Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad and Mayor Luke Strimbold.

“The new hospital that is being announced for Burns Lake will allow health professionals to continue giving high levels of support for those in need,” Minister de Jong said.

“Burns Lake has been in need of a new hospital for some time. This has been my number one capital priority as well as Northern Health’s. The announcement that the province is moving forward with construction of a replacement care facility is great news,” said Rustad.

Funding for the Lakes District Hospital replacement project will be cost shared by the province and Stuart Nechako Regional Hospital District.

 

Rustad said that 80 per cent of the approximate $55 million project will be paid for by the province while the taxpayers of the Stuart Nechako Regional Hospital District will pay 20 per cent.

 

 

Just Posted

Fatal collision claims life of community leader

On Friday, May 18, a three-vehicle collision, just eight kilometres east of… Continue reading

Body found in Vanderhoof motel

Police currently investigating suspicious death

High water levels continue to be monitored by community

Potential flooding still cause for concern

Poll shows a divided B.C. one year after historic election

British Columbia residents have mixed opinion on government

Nechako Community Arts Council gives local artists a platform

Showcasing local art is key to reinforcing culture, says NCAC

Police release video on how to ‘run, hide, fight’ if there’s an active shooter

Vancouver police offer video with input from E-Comm, BC EHS, Vancouver Fire and Rescue

Vancouver, Squamish pipeline challenges dismissed by court in B.C.

Justice Christopher Grauer ruled the province’s decision to issue the certificate was reasonable

Early learning programs for Indigeous kids get $30M boost

B.C. government to help expand Aboriginal Head Start Association programs with three-year funding

Ferry sailing cancelled after ship’s second officer falls ill

Coastal Inspiration’s 8:15 p.m. sailing to Nanaimo on Tuesday cancelled, passengers to be compensated

Prince Rupert woman reported missing

Victoria Lynn Fraser was last seen on May 22, 2018

B.C. man recounts intense rescue of couple caught in mudslide

Something told Dan Anderson to go back to the scene of a major mudslide on the long weekend.

The priciest home for sale in Canada: A $38M Vancouver penthouse

Canada’s luxury real estate: The top 10 most expensive properties for sale right now

9 temperature records broken across B.C. as warm weather continues

Clearwater, Golden, Williams Lake, Malahat a few of the cities that broke records Wednesday

COLUMN: Stanley Cup final prediction

Upstart Vegas Golden Knights clash with Washington Capitals

Most Read