New Hospital for Terrace?
Terrace B.C.- Finance Minister Mike deJong was in Terrace today and says the Province supports the plan for a new hospital that will replace Mills Memorial.
de Jong told the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon attendees, the Provinces has “heard the calls from residents about the need for a new hospital in this community. A new facility will support this region, and the families that live and work in the region.”
That’s not to say construction will start anytime soon.
Northern Health provided an updated concept plan to the Ministry of Health this month, and once that is approved, there is a business plan to prepare. Work on the business plan will likely start this fall, and take up to a year and a half to complete. Then there’s the procurement phase, followed by construction.
The 44 acute care bed Mills Memorial Hospital opened 56 years ago. Northern Health Board Chair, Dr. Charles Jago says work to replace the hospital has been underway for some time “It’s been one of the top priorities for the board and we are pleased that the government has recognized the need to bring the planning process to conclusion.”