Dawson Creek hospital redevelopment approved

Health Minister Adrian Dix
Health Minister Adrian Dix

The province has approved a redevelopment and expansion at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital.

Health Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement in Dawson Creek this morning.

The redeveloped hospital will include a new inpatient building, bigger emergency department, modern operating rooms and more beds.

With support from the local community, Northern Health has identified the hospital for renewal, as a priority, since 2008. The Dawson Creek and District Hospital Master Program and Master Plan was completed in December 2013. Northern Health submitted a concept plan for a redeveloped hospital in September 2015, but it did not receive consideration for advancement in the capital planning process. Upon request of the government, Northern Health provided an updated plan in March 2018.

“We’re so pleased to receive this announcement from the Province of B.C. that commits to improvements to our facility, services and care of patients at Dawson Creek and District Hospital,” said Colleen Nyce, Northern Health board chair, in a news release. “This project will support our pledge to take a person- and family-centred approach to everything we do in a modern and up-to-date setting.”

The business plan phase is now underway and will finalize details, such as scope and budget. This stage takes approximately 12 to 18 months. Upon approval of the business plan, the project will proceed to procurement and then construction. Shovels are expected to go in the dirt in early 2021.

Opened in 1960, Dawson Creek and District Hospital has 44 beds and serves a region with a population of approximately 28,000. Services include emergency, surgical, maternity, mental health and substance use and cancer care. There is also an intensive-care unit, laboratory and diagnostics.