The Lady Minto Hospital Foundation has approved $1.5 million in initial funding for the proposed Lady Minto Hospital Emergency Department expansion and redevelopment project.
Members of the Hospital Foundation voted at a special general meeting May 16, 2019 to fund the proposed project’s schematic design and design development stages,
“This is an important step forward for a project that Salt Spring Islanders need and want,” said Hospital Foundation Chair Derek Fry. “The existing ED is too cramped to meet the emergency and urgent care needs of a community of 10,000 permanent residents plus our summer visitors.”
“Island Health is extremely pleased to be proceeding to this next step for this proposed project and we are grateful to the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation for funding the cost associated with schematic design work,” said Alice Gelpke, Executive Director for island Health’s Geography 3 region. “This is the next step in the journey of exploring the possibility of redeveloping the Emergency Department to meet the needs of Salt Spring Island patients into the future.”
The Foundation and Island Health will form a joint working group to oversee the project. The Foundation will be responsible for funding all project costs and the Capital Regional District (CRHD) has included the project in its infrastructure plan which may result in possible cost-sharing of the project. Island Health will be responsible for design and construction and, upon completion, all operating costs of the new ED.
Preliminary cost estimates for the Emergency Department redevelopment are between $8 and $10 million. At the end of the schematic design and design development stages, the Foundation Board will provide the members of the Hospital Foundation with updated construction costs and request approval to fund the project’s construction. Once the required capital funding is secured, Island Health will develop a business plan in support of the project for submission to government for approval.