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Future options are being explored for the current Fort St. John Hospital.

Northern Health is exploring the possible options for the facility upon completion of the brand new Hospital and Residential Care Project.

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An engineering and architectural study, completed in 2009, evaluated the potential future use of the building. The results indicated that while it may not be suitable for providing in-patient health services, Northern Health could use the facility for other beneficial programs and departments.

The building is set to be examined by a redevelopment committee and present their finding to Northern Health for potential future usage. The presentation is scheduled to take place in June, 2011.

The Hospital is more than 40 years old and is already serving more people that originally designed. The Hospital currently serves roughly 69,000 people. It was originally intended to serve only 4000, but due to a number of expansions and renovations, it is able to provide care for the larger amount.

According to Betty Morris, Northern Health’s Chief Operating Officer for the Northeast, “the current hospital could serve as a potential location for services like public health, home and community care as well as other administrative and supportive functions.”

The new Hospital and Residential Care facility, a project costing nearly $300 million dollars, recently celebrated a major milestone. The Facility completed the construction of the User Clinical Consultation Process.

The project is on schedule to open its doors in the summer of 2012.

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