April Hughes

Rustad and officials tour hospital

On October 7, John Rustad and community leaders toured the new emergency entrance of St. John Hospital which will be complete March 2014.

On Monday, October 7, John Rustad and several community members toured the new emergency entrance of St. John Hospital which will be complete in March 2014.

“It’s nice to have an opportunity to actually be here and see this,” said Rustad, MLA for the Nechako Lakes region and Minister for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. “For a number of years now, Gerry Thiessen has come to talk to me about what the priorities are in Vanderhoof. And this is certainly one of the ones that was always talked about and on the top… It’s very rewarding seeing this happen.”

Five million dollars have been spent on the renovations in Vanderhoof as part of the $8.4 billion the province has spent on updating and replacing medical facilities.

Renovations include removing the asbestos from the floor, as well as a new waiting room for families of patients in emergency care. There are also plans for improvements to the reception area and proper ventilation and cooling systems.

Doctors, lab technicians, CNC representatives, city officials, Northern Health representatives, construction workers and contractors were all in attendance for Rustad’s tour. Every one of them played a part in the renovations and Rustad recognized their contributions.

“This is a project that really shows community involvement,” said Gerry Thiessen, mayor of Vanderhoof. “We are a hub when it comes to hospital health care, this is a priority for the whole region. Everyone had to make sure that what happened here made sense to both the doctors and staff.”

“It’s great to see across the province that B.C. is number one in many categories in health care across Canada such as patient satisfaction and more importantly patient outcome,” said Rustad. “It’s great to have a facility but it’s the people who really make it work.”

The tour was guided by April Hughes, Health Services Administrator for Northern Health. She explained to everyone what each partition in the renovation area was going to be and all in attendance could see her vision for smoother patient flow.

“It will be great because it’s utilizing relatively unused space,” added Dr. Sean Ebert.

Everyone was then taken inside to view the hospital proper and show off the many colourful drawings and inscriptions patients and family have added to the interior walls of the hospital.

Rustad thanked the doctors, officials and organizers who helped make the renovation possible as well as recognizing he was standing on Saik’uz First Nation territory.

 

Just Posted

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Cariboo region

Potential for strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain in the afternoon

Northern B.C.’s Ridley coal terminal sold, Canada divests, First Nations to own portion

Ten per cent of shares transferred to the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation

Vanderhoof Clippers are working towards getting a booth rebuilt at the Arena

Terry Lazaruk, president of the club said they haven’t been able to host sanctioned meets due to the lack of a proper timing booth

Skeena mainstem closed to recreational sockeye

Escapements expected to be below 800,000 threshold

Vanderhoof skateboard park almost complete

Different recreation opportunities opening up in the District

VIDEO: Plant-based burgers may not be as healthy as they seem

Both the Impossible and Beyond Burger have more saturated fat than beef burgers

B.C. mom to go to Europe court in hopes of getting alleged abducted daughter back

Tasha Brown alleges her estranged wife abducted their daughter Kaydance Etchells in 2016

Driver who killed B.C. motorcyclist receives absolute discharge

Chase family speechless following decision by BC Review Board

Lower gas prices slow annual inflation rate to Bank of Canada’s 2% bull’s-eye

Prices showed strength in other areas — led by a 17.3 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

B.C. moves to preserve 54 of its biggest, oldest trees

Fir, cedar, spruce, pine, yew set aside from logging

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Most Read