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Andrew Leyne

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What people are saying about the new Cowichan District Hospital

Chief William Seymour, Cowichan Tribes –

“We are very happy to announce the new hospital will be built on the unceded traditional territory of Cowichan Tribes. We look forward to working with everyone to build a facility that is welcoming for all, and an environment that is culturally safe for all communities and a place of healing and health. Huy tseep q’u.”

Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions –

“It will be a game changer for people who need mental health care that we’re developing the Cowichan District Hospital with them front of mind. Together, we’re building a system where treatment for mental health is on par with any other health condition. I’m grateful to everyone involved in making this development a reality.”

Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan –

“This is very exciting news for the region, as we are on the cusp of a new Cowichan District Hospital being built. I thank all those who have made this project happen and look forward to seeing shovels go in the ground.”

Aaron Stone, chair, Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRHD) –

“The residents of our region are very pleased to see this critical project moving forward. We want to thank our provincial partners and Island Health for their work to make the new district hospital a reality. I am proud to have served with successive CVRHD boards that have continued the work of our predecessors, setting aside appropriate financial reserves and purchasing the property for our new hospital. It is with many thanks to previous CVRHD leadership and the many medical professionals and community members that we continue working to deliver first class health and wellness programs across our region.”

Leah Hollins, board chair, Island Health –

“The replacement of Cowichan District Hospital has been a labour of love for our project partners and many dedicated community members, staff and local physicians who have advocated and planned to make this a reality for many years. It is an honour to take these important steps alongside our project partners and Cowichan Tribes, whose members have stewarded these lands and waters since time immemorial.”

Rob Hutchins and Denise Williams, co-chairs, Our Cowichan Communities Health Network –

“A new Cowichan District Hospital has been a primary goal of Our Cowichan Communities Health Network for over a decade. We applaud the partnership between the Province of B.C., Ministry of Health, Island Health, First Nations, the CVRHD, the Cowichan Hospital Foundation, Our Cowichan and all the community agencies that have helped make the land acquisition and construction of the new hospital possible. Congratulations to you all on these exciting next steps.”

Jerry Doman, chair, Cowichan District Hospital Foundation –

“This is wonderful news for people living across the Cowichan Valley. The foundation is looking forward to supporting the project by ensuring patients and staff have access to top notch equipment that enables local care teams to provide the highest-calibre health services and care in our community.”

Dr. Brendan O’Malley and Dr. Tracey Stephenson, co-chairs, Cowichan District Medical Society –

“The Cowichan District Medical Society welcomes these milestones, which bring us closer to a new hospital and a chance to refresh our relationships with the Cowichan Valley. Our society is supportive and grateful for the tremendous amount of work our members have put into this collaborative project. We humbly look forward to listening, learning and growing with our community and Indigenous partners as we build strong relationships to facilitate wellness and safety for our community. We look forward to a facility that will meet the needs of our population for years to come."

Al Siebring, mayor, Municipality of North Cowichan –

“Today’s announcement is an exciting one for everyone in North Cowichan and beyond. The municipality committed to the new hospital location by rezoning the land in 2016, and with each milestone we are closer to seeing this monumental project come to life, one that residents have waited many years for, and I am honoured to be a part of it.”

Linda Zabok, patient partner, Cowichan District Replacement Project –

“As a patient representative on the hospital replacement steering committee, I can attest to the passion and commitment of those working to make our hospital and health care better for families in our communities. I’m excited to hear that a new hospital and improved health system are now within reach, and I encourage others with lived experience to participate in this work as opportunities arise.”

Facts about the new Cowichan District Hospital

The consortium parties invited to participate in the request for proposal (RFP) phase consist of:

  • Alliance Care Partners:
    • Bird Design-Build Construction Inc.
    • SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc.
    • Kasian Architecture, Interior Design & Planning Inc.
  • EllisDon + Parkin:
    • EllisDon Corporation
    • Parkin Architects Western Inc.

Infrastructure BC is managing the procurement on behalf of Island Health and will remain involved with the project during the construction phase.

  • Infrastructure BC is a corporation whose sole shareholder is the Minister of Finance. Infrastructure BC supports the public sector in meeting its infrastructure needs by providing leadership, expertise and consistency in the planning, procurement and contract administration of complex capital projects that deliver benefits for taxpayers.

BC Infrastructure Benefits (BCIB) will implement the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) for the project and work with, and in, the community to build awareness about employment and training opportunities taking place during the construction phase.

  • BCIB is the provincial Crown corporation established to implement the CBA. It is committed to partner in the successful delivery of infrastructure projects to mobilize and grow a safe, diverse and skilled workforce.

Upon completion of the new hospital, the existing facility will be decommissioned and opportunities for future use of the Gibbins Road site will be explored in consultation with the community.

  • Location for the new hospital was selected through a review process led by the Cowichan Valley Regional Hospital District (CVRHD), Island Health, and the Our Cowichan Community Health Network.
  • This site was initially purchased by the CVRHD in 2016 and confirmed to be an ideal hospital location for the growing community due to its central location within the region, opportunities for future expansion on site, and likelihood of safely withstanding natural disasters.

All new hospitals in B.C. are planned to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard at minimum.