The North Island Hospitals Project is seeking volunteers from Mid- and North Island communities — including those in the Mount Waddington Regional District — to serve on a Public-Patient Advisory Committee.
“The committee members will play an important role in providing input on key public and patient areas of the two new hospitals being built in Campbell River and the Comox Valley,” said Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow. “We can only be genuinely responsible to residents if we listen to their concerns and understand what they need. This includes hearing directly from community members who will volunteer their time on the committee.”
The first meeting of the committee will take place in October. The committee will include approximately 10 to 16 volunteer members from a variety of backgrounds to represent the diversity of the Mid and North Island. It will be co-chaired by the project team and a committee member.
“We are looking for community residents who are committed to the health and well-being of their communities and who are interested in providing constructive feedback to the hospital project,” said Sparrow. “Engagement with communities through the committee will provide valuable input in providing quality, safe and patient-focused care in these new hospitals.”
The committee will be involved in community engagement activities to gather community and patient perspectives on the new hospitals and to seek input on improvements that can be made to enhance accessibility to the hospitals.
The Public-Patient Advisory Committee will meet monthly or bi-monthly, depending on the project schedule, and will serve for the duration of the project. Video and/or teleconferencing will be available for all meetings, so it is not necessary for North Island residents to travel to each of them. When travel to Campbell River or the Comox Valley is desired to view sites or facilities, Sparrow said, reimbursement will be available.
“Over the life of project there will be opportunities for (committee members) to travel down and see these hospitals,” he said. “We’re also constructing mock-ups in a Comox warehouse showing many of the rooms to be located in the facilities.”
To find out more about the committee including selection criteria, or to submit an Expression of Interest to be a part of the committee visit the North Island Hospitals Project website, at nihp.viha.ca/. Interested residents can also call 250-331-8625 (ext. 68625), or email Jennifer.Singer@viha.ca for more information.
The $606.2 million North Island Hospitals Project includes a new $331.7 million, 153-bed Comox Valley Hospital in Courtenay on Lerwick Road near Ryan Road, and a new $274.5 million, 95-bed Campbell River Hospital on the existing hospital site at 375 – 2nd Avenue. Both hospitals are scheduled for completion by late 2017.