January 18, 2020 was a very chilly Saturday in Fort St. James, but the excitement bubbling in the community theatre was enough to keep everyone warm!
Locals were gathered to see representatives from the province, local First Nations, local government, and Northern Health announce that the Stuart Lake Hospital replacement plan is moving into procurement.
The applause after Premier John Horgan’s speech could only be described as booming. The project will bring about more fulsome health care and more capacity to the region.
Here are some of the new facility’s features:
- 27 beds
- 18 long-term care beds
- An emergency department with two treatment rooms
- A trauma bay
- An ambulance bay
- Laboratory and diagnostic imaging
These upgrades more than double the current 12-bed facility that was built in the early 1970s.
The Premier says the new hospital will also have a positive impact on Fort St. James’s economy:
“This project will give the community an economic boost, with hundreds of new construction jobs and the highest quality health care for people in the region. This is all part of our plan to deliver better health care, closer to home.”
For more on this project, check out our Capital Projects page on the Northern Health website.