Mills Memorial replacement moves to critical business planning stage

 

TERRACE – Today’s announcement that a new hospital to replace Mills Memorial has moved to the business planning stage is great news for families, communities and economies across the Northwest, MP Nathan Cullen said today.

“This new hospital will make it much easier to recruit medical staff, and provide advanced emergency, acute and chronic health care to residents and visitors in Northwest BC,” Cullen said from the announcement by BC Health Minister Adrian Dix at Mills Memorial Hospital.

“This means there is more opportunity for elderly residents with more complex health needs to seek treatment closer to home.

“More services and staff will hopefully also mean faster referrals to diagnostic procedures and medical specialists.”

Cullen added sophisticated and better resourced regional hospital capabilities also provide an economic edge as these amenities help attract and retain residents, businesses and industries to the Northwest.

In his announcement, BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix noted the replacement regional hospital will have more beds, better surgery and care, and also a Level 111 trauma centre emergency able to provide resuscitation, surgery, and intensive care for trauma patients.

During the business plan phase, details about the scope and budget of the new hospital will be finalized over 12-18 months.

The upgraded hospital is expected to be twice the size of the existing Mills Memorial and will be funded in partnership with the North West Regional Hospital District.  All new hospitals in B.C. are planned to a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard.

Mills Memorial Hospital has served Northwest BC since 1961.

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Contact:         Shelley Browne, 250-877-4140, nathan.cullen.c1@parl.gc.ca