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Dawson Creek + District Hospital: Dix, Bernier, Bumstead weigh in on next steps

ER space to be doubled, increased focus on mental health treatment.
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This doctor is allowed to see the new hospital plans. He's in the ICU.

Three years ago Health Minister Adrian Dix was mid bite on a beef dip when someone asked what he was doing in Mile Zero. 

“Big announcement.”

Today it was another tasty step on the road to a new Dawson Creek and District Hospital.

“It’s an exciting day - 4,000 more square feet – 24 more single bed rooms with washrooms, an ER at twice the size, better supports for parents postpartum – and work with Elders and a focus on mental health facilities,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix to the Mirror this afternoon. Dix noted 65 years was a long run for the current facility.

“That’s going 24/7. Long time.”

MLA Mike Bernier told the Mirror the news was important for the South Peace.

“The government has kept this project moving forward after planning was started, and that process takes a long time. I am glad to see it’s moving forward.”

Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead agreed.

"It's a journey - when Adrian made the announcement, it was so exciting then and the planning process kicking in. To have qualified contractors stepping forward is one more step in the journey. Health care is a key strategic pillar to me.Health care and education systems just build the community and economy. I am over the moon."

Dix said it was time for a new facility in Mile Zero.

“Dawson Creek needs and deserves a new hospital – there is no turning back.”

The facility is budgeted at $378 million, which will be shared by the provincial government, and the Peace River Regional Hospital District, which will contribute more than $150 million.

 It will be approximately 19,400 square metres (209,000 square feet) with 70 beds, for an increase of 24 beds. The new emergency department will also increase in size, with treatment spaces increasing from 10 to 15.

The existing hospital will remain operational during the construction of the new hospital. Earlier today three companies were shortlisted for the request for proposal for the new hospital and design-early works agreement (DEWA).