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Opportunity to participate in the naming process for the new Queen Charlotte Haida Gwaii Hospital

November 09, 2015

Northern Health is starting the process to collect potential names for the hospital replacement project in the Village of Queen Charlotte, Haida Gwaii, B.C. The current legal name of the hospital, the Queen Charlotte Islands General Hospital, will be replaced based on local feedback. Northern Health has formed a local engagement committee to collect and shortlist potential replacement names that will more accurately reflect the identity of Haida Gwaii and the communities it will serve.

The local engagement committee will submit a short list of names that represent Haida Gwaii to the Northern Health Naming Committee. People interested in submitting names fill out an application form available on northernhealth.ca or at the hospital. The naming of a hospital and public facility requires important consideration therefore the entire form must be completed and submitted to Michael Melia, Northern Health Haida Gwaii/Prince Rupert Health Services Administrator by November 30, 2015. They can be emailed to Michael or brought to the Queen Charlotte Islands General Hospital administration office.

“The local engagement committee is an important component to help select a name for the new hospital as we want to ensure residents of Haida Gwaii have an opportunity to submit their choices,” said Michael Melia, Northern Health’s health service administrator for Prince Rupert. “We look forward to seeing the submissions that come forward and working on finding an appropriate name for the beautiful new facility.”

Members of the local advisory committee include:

  • Michael Melia – Northern Health Haida Gwaii/Prince Rupert Health Services Administrator
  • Missy McDonald, Skidegate Band Council
  • Percy Crosby, Haida Nation
  • Bill Beldessi, Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District
  • Lori Wiedeman, Village of Queen Charlotte
  • Yvonne Koerner, North West Regional Hospital District

The name used to date for the building project, Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital replacement project is a place holder until the formal naming process has been carried out and a new name selected.

“The design of the new hospital is beautiful, and the functionality will be exceptional,” said Percy Crosby, Council of the Haida Nation representative on the local engagement committee. “The name of this facility also has to be able to reflect the benefits it will have to the community it will serve."

Construction crews are further developing the inside of the new Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital project. In June the exterior wall and roof were completed on the new building. It is expected the facility will be completed in spring 2016, which will be followed by commissioning and training preceding the move in.

“The board and I are pleased to see the new hospital taking shape, and believe that residents of the islands will be very excited about the final product,” said Harry Nyce, North West Regional Hospital District board chair. “I am looking forward to celebrating with the local community when the hospital opens in 2016.”

The hospital will have eight acute-care beds, a labour, delivery and recovery suite, a home and community care wing with eight residential-care beds, a primary care centre, and space for diagnostic imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services.

The facility will be a two-storey building, approximately 5,000 square metres (54,000 square feet) in size and will improve patient comfort and working conditions for staff and physicians. The existing hospital, built in 1953 and opened in 1955, is approximately 1670 square metres (18,000 square feet).

The total value of the replacement hospital is $50 million and the funding will be cost-shared by the province and the North West Regional Hospital District. Bouygues Building Canada and Perkins + Will are working collaboratively to build the new Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Hospital.

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