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Next steps taken for new Cowichan District Hospital

Next steps taken for new Cowichan District Hospital

April 1, 2021 at 3:15 pm  BC, News, Politics

Chief William Seymour, Cowichan Tribes –

“We are very happy to announce the new hospital will be built on the unceded traditional territory of Cowichan Tribes. We look forward to working with everyone to build a facility that is welcoming for all, and an environment that is culturally safe for all communities and a place of healing and health. Huy tseep q’u.”

Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions –

“It will be a game changer for people who need mental health care that we’re developing the Cowichan District Hospital with them front of mind. Together, we’re building a system where treatment for mental health is on par with any other health condition. I’m grateful to everyone involved in making this development a reality.”

Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan –

“This is very exciting news for the region, as we are on the cusp of a new Cowichan District Hospital being built. I thank all those who have made this project happen and look forward to seeing shovels go in the ground.”

Aaron Stone, chair, Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRHD) –

“The residents of our region are very pleased to see this critical project moving forward. We want to thank our provincial partners and Island Health for their work to make the new district hospital a reality. I am proud to have served with successive CVRHD boards that have continued the work of our predecessors, setting aside appropriate financial reserves and purchasing the property for our new hospital. It is with many thanks to previous CVRHD leadership and the many medical professionals and community members that we continue working to deliver first class health and wellness programs across our region.”

Leah Hollins, board chair, Island Health –

“The replacement of Cowichan District Hospital has been a labour of love for our project partners and many dedicated community members, staff and local physicians who have advocated and planned to make this a reality for many years. It is an honour to take these important steps alongside our project partners and Cowichan Tribes, whose members have stewarded these lands and waters since time immemorial.”

Rob Hutchins and Denise Williams, co-chairs, Our Cowichan Communities Health Network –

“A new Cowichan District Hospital has been a primary goal of Our Cowichan Communities Health Network for over a decade. We applaud the partnership between the Province of B.C., Ministry of Health, Island Health, First Nations, the CVRHD, the Cowichan Hospital Foundation, Our Cowichan and all the community agencies that have helped make the land acquisition and construction of the new hospital possible. Congratulations to you all on these exciting next steps.”

Jerry Doman, chair, Cowichan District Hospital Foundation –

“This is wonderful news for people living across the Cowichan Valley. The foundation is looking forward to supporting the project by ensuring patients and staff have access to top notch equipment that enables local care teams to provide the highest-calibre health services and care in our community.”

Dr. Brendan O’Malley and Dr. Tracey Stephenson, co-chairs, Cowichan District Medical Society –

“The Cowichan District Medical Society welcomes these milestones, which bring us closer to a new hospital and a chance to refresh our relationships with the Cowichan Valley. Our society is supportive and grateful for the tremendous amount of work our members have put into this collaborative project. We humbly look forward to listening, learning and growing with our community and Indigenous partners as we build strong relationships to facilitate wellness and safety for our community. We look forward to a facility that will meet the needs of our population for years to come.”

Al Siebring, mayor, Municipality of North Cowichan –

“Today’s announcement is an exciting one for everyone in North Cowichan and beyond. The municipality committed to the new hospital location by rezoning the land in 2016, and with each milestone we are closer to seeing this monumental project come to life, one that residents have waited many years for, and I am honoured to be a part of it.”

Linda Zabok, patient partner, Cowichan District Replacement Project –

“As a patient representative on the hospital replacement steering committee, I can attest to the passion and commitment of those working to make our hospital and health care better for families in our communities. I’m excited to hear that a new hospital and improved health system are now within reach, and I encourage others with lived experience to participate in this work as opportunities arise.”

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