CORNER BROOK, N.L. — Construction on the new Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook, N.L. is complete and was recently officially handed over by the Corner Brook Health Partnership (CBHP) to Dr. Andrew Furey, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
NL Health Services is now in operational control of the facility and will begin the process of moving equipment and staff, with the goal of opening the new hospital to the public in spring 2024, indicates a release.
The seven-storey, 600,000-square-foot facility has 164 beds and will offer the same services currently provided at the existing hospital as well as an expanded cancer care program, including radiation services. The new hospital is connected to the 145-bed long-term care home opened in 2020, which was also constructed as a P3 project.
The handover marks the conclusion of major construction of the building and the start of the 30-year term of facility management by CBHP.
The partnership consists of: Plenary Americas, PCL Investments Inc., PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Marco Services Ltd., B+H Architects, Parkin Architects, The Cahill Group, Plan Group Inc. and Johnson Controls Canada.
In 2019, CBHP was selected to design, build, finance and maintain the new acute care hospital with a contract value of $750 million.
The new facility is also environmentally-friendly infrastructure. The geothermal system in the facility will translate into electricity savings of approximately 4.6 million kWh annually, which is enough to heat 500 homes for a year.
The new adult mental health and addictions hospital in St. John’s, currently under construction, is the fourth public-private partnership infrastructure project in the province and is slated to be opened in 2025.
A video of the Western Memorial facility can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoxMWUMexxc