DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead says he’s feeling frustrated about the delays in getting renovations made at the Dawson Creek Hospital, but that he’ll be redoubling efforts to speak to the provincial government about getting the project started after the Legislature returns next week.
In a post on his Facebook page this morning, Bumstead voiced his anger about the renovation, or lack thereof, as it was announced today that the Province is investing at least $100 million for upgrades to Cariboo Memorial Hospital in William’s Lake. However, he stressed that the frustration was merely about the lack of progress in his community, and not about the announcement in the Central Interior.
“This wasn’t about ‘William’s Lake shouldn’t get it or Terrace shouldn’t get it’. Our hospital has been on the books for a long time to have a major renovation project completed. We need to get our hospital renovated. It needs a new acute care inpatient wing, it needs to have a bunch of updating done. It’s old and its showing its wear.”
Bumstead said that the upgrades would cost a total of around $250 million, which would be done in several phases. He explained that the upgrades are sorely needed not only for South Peace residents, but for all residents of Northeast B.C. as the hospital is home to the region’s major orthopaedic centre. According to the Mayor, the Peace River Regional Hospital District does have $55 million set aside to contribute the required 40 percent of the hospital’s Phase One costs.
Bumstead said that he plans to speak with Premier John Horgan in March, once the provincial budget is tabled later this month. The PRRD Board also ratified a motion to put together a delegation that would emphasize to the Premier the importance of starting the project.