Construction has been completed on the Provincial Government’s first public-private partnership project – the 145-bed long-term care home in Corner Brook.
On February 14, Western Health began operational control of the building and the 30-year service contract with the consortium that constructed it – Corner Brook Care Partnership began. Over the coming weeks, Western Health staff will move in beds and equipment and train staff, before welcoming residents this spring.
The home includes 120 long-term care beds, as well as 15 palliative care beds and 10 rehabilitative care beds. It will be staffed by more than 150 new positions. In addition, more than 60 full-time equivalent staff will be transferring from Western Memorial Regional Hospital. Employees will provide nursing care, housekeeping duties, and dietary services.
A new name for the home will also be announced this spring. Views from inside and outside the home can be viewed online on government’s YouTube page.
The contract with Corner Brook Care Partnership is worth approximately $120 million (net present value), and covers a 30-year period.
The long-term care home is one of five active public-private partnerships in the province. The others include:
- Two, 60-bed long-term care homes under construction in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor, and scheduled to open in 2021;
- A new adult mental health and addictions hospital in St. John’s. Construction to start this year;
- A new correctional facility to replace Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, which will begin procurement this spring with a Request for Qualifications; and
- A new 164-bed hospital, under construction in Corner Brook, expected to be completed in 2023. Its design can also be viewed online on government’s YouTube page.
“This new long-term care home will now ease pressure on the health care system in western Newfoundland, and provide new public sector jobs. We worked with community partners to deliver this project on time and on budget, and I look forward to seeing our government’s other projects, like the west coast hospital, adult mental health and addictions hospital, and other long-term care homes, also delivered on time and on budget. ”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
“We are happy to see this project reach this significant milestone. During construction, the percentage of workers from Newfoundland and Labrador was consistently around 90 per cent and we will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure all of our infrastructure projects are providing employment for Newfoundland and Labrador workers and companies.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works
“What a wonderful day for the people living and working in western Newfoundland. Our investment in new health care infrastructure will serve the people of this region well for many years to come. This new, modern long-term care home will provide top of the line care for residents and their families in a comfortable therapeutic environment with all of the comforts of home, closer to home.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services
“This is a proud day for Newfoundland and Labrador. What we all recognize here is a tremendous example of a real model of innovation successfully applied to health care. Congratulations to the Corner Brook Care Partnership for making the vision of this facility a reality, and to Western Health staff who are now tasked with the very important work of making the necessary preparations that will transform this long-term care centre into a welcoming home for residents.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources and MHA for Corner Brook
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Emily Jane Gillingham
Transportation and Works
Health and Community Services
Constituency Assistant to Honourable Gerry Byrne, MHA for Corner Brook