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Photo: The rooms in the residential care facility will be built primarily from wood and have a more welcoming atmosphere than similar facilities./ Kimberley Molina

Local wood is a major part of the building process for the new hospital.

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At a press conference today, it was announced that the new Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care project will be built primarily using local wood.

Patt Pimm says the Wood First Act means buildings funded by the province are obligated to consider constructing with wood first, when possible.

The MLA for Peace River North says the wood is coming from around the Fort St. John area and will be pressed in Northern BC.

He says the new hospital will provide improved quality of care and will have the possibility to attract and keep more health care professionals.

The venture is a joint public-private partnership between Northern Health and ISL Health.

The hospital will have 50 beds and the Residential Care facility will have 123 beds between two buildings. Both care buildings will have a courtyard, says Tom Sparrow, project director for Northern Health.

He says the frames of the care facilities should be completed by this fall.

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He also says the buildings are designed to be have a more home-like feel rather than a hospital or office feel.

He says the hospital is expected to be completed by the end of May 2012 and everything will be moved in during that summer.

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