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Northern Vancouver Island health-care stabilization initiatives

The following initiatives are launching throughout northern Vancouver Island:

  • More supports for staff, including:
    • staff retention (as much as $2,000 in quarterly incentives) and recruitment strategies (as much as $1,500 bonus for employee referrals) for eligible staff;
    • offering eligible staff who travel to fill local shifts 1.5 times their normal wage for straight time hours worked in addition to mileage and meal expenses; and
    • renovations and improved furnishing to accommodations.
  • Extension of Northern Health’s Travel Resource Program to include the Mount Waddington region, which will provide access to a pool of nurses to support the community.
  • Enhanced safety with 10 additional protection service officers.
  • New daily shuttle transport between communities for patients and staff.
  • Deploying mobile computed tomography (CT) diagnostic services to the region and expanding core staffing at Port Hardy Hospital.
  • Expanded access to sobering assessment beds, including adding more beds and providing 24/7 access to increase access to appropriate supportive care and reduce emergency-department admissions.
  • Increasing long-term care capacity by four additional beds to support the Port Hardy Hospital.
  • Upgrading the Port McNeill and Port Hardy hospitals by renovating existing spaces, including the maternity, emergency departments, trauma and nurses’ stations.
  • Increasing home-health, home-support and mental-health and substance-use services in Port Hardy and surrounding areas.