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New hospital campus in Corner Brook to begin with 145-bed long-term care home

The new facility will mark the beginning of a new Western Memorial Regional Hospital campus.


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Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

In a news release from the Newfoundland and Labrador department of transportation and works along with the department of health and community services, Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, has announced that a new long-term care home will begin construction in Corner Brook this fall.

The new facility will mark the beginning of a new Western Memorial Regional Hospital campus and will include 120 long-term care beds, as well as 15 palliative care beds and 10 rehabilitative care beds.

“As outlined in The Way Forward, our government is proceeding with a new long-term care home in Corner Brook,” said Ball, in the release. “This is the first construction project for the new Western Memorial Regional Hospital campus in Corner Brook, and will set the stage for the larger health care project in the future.”

A request for qualifications (RFQ) is being issued to establish an industry short list to solicit proposals. This follows a value for money assessment which evaluated methods for designing, building, financing and maintaining the new facility. It will be built and maintained by a private company(s), with resident care being administered and provided by public sector employees.

“It is important for our government to explore innovative ways to advance needed infrastructure and deliver services in a cost-effective manner,” said Al Hawkins, Minister of Transportation and Works, in the release. “By partnering with private industry, we can help ensure a new facility is designed, built, financed and maintained in a way that provides greater value for money.”

An official Request for Proposals will be issued to qualifying firms after the RFQ process is complete.

The initiative is one of more than 50 included in The Way Forward which guides the province’s actions to achieve greater efficiency, strengthen the province’s economic foundation, enhance services, and improve outcomes to promote a healthy and prosperous province.

Find the news release here.