The North Island Hospitals Project has named Tandem Health Partners as the selected proponent for the public private partnership.
The naming of Tandem Health Partners as the selected proponent follows an extensive evaluation of proposals from the three teams that were short-listed and invited to submit proposals to design, build, finance and maintain two new hospitals in the Comox Valley and Campbell River.
The next step is to begin negotiations with Tandem Health Partners – a process aimed at reaching a fixed price, performance-based agreement. Should an agreement be reached, construction of the two new hospitals will begin shortly afterward with completion estimated for late 2017.
A new 153-bed hospital for the Comox Valley and a new 95-bed hospital for Campbell River were announced by the province on April 26, 2012. These two state-of-the-art-hospitals will:
- Provide patient-centred care for Islanders, including First Nations and the elderly
- Attract and retain health-care professionals
- Be high-performing, sustainable and energy efficient
The North Island Hospitals Project will be built as a public-private partnership. Examples of previous partnerships in B.C. that resulted in new health care facilities include the Royal Jubilee Hospital Patient Care Centre in Victoria, the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre and the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa.
The project will create approximately 1,900 direct jobs and over 1,400 indirect jobs over the construction period. All health-care services will continue to be funded by the B.C. Government and delivered by Island Health. The cost of the project will be shared by the BC Government and the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District.
(Story courtesy of North Island Hospitals Project)