Northern Health has moved to ease public concerns about the new Fort St. John Hospital.
A Vancouver Sun article recently stated a number of the companies backing Public/Private Partnership infrastructure projects in the province, including the local hospital, are in danger of becoming victims of the world financial crisis.
The article noted there are currently two groups shortlisted to build the 268 million dollar hospital and one has run into financial problems, while the other is dealing with legal issues. However Northern Health says, because the hospital is a P-3 project, the health authority doesn’t pay for the building, prior to occupancy.
This is Michael Hoefer, the authorities Executive Director of Capital Plans and Support Services… [asset|aid=850|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88e60bbe983695553642720298c304bf-Mike – 1_1_Pub.mp3]
In addition, if construction is started and not completed by the builder and Northern Health is forced to take over the project, Mike notes… [asset|aid=851|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88e60bbe983695553642720298c304bf-Mike – 2_1_Pub.mp3]
As it now stands there are no changes, in the development plans. It is anticipated a builder will be selected by April, construction will start this spring and, the new Hospital will open in 2011.