Friday, July 18, 2008

Prince George to be home for new cancer clinic

A long anticipated project for Northern BC took a giant step forward today in Prince George, as provincial politicians and health officials announced the the Prince George Cancer centre is a go.

Construction on the centre will start in 2009 and by 2012 Prince George will be the central base for the province's newest addition to health care in the north, designed to serve the needs of a wide section of Northern BC.

The public/private partnership project will construct the 99.5 million dollar centre that will require some 4200 square metres, with additional renovations required at Prince George Regional Hospital for a number of affiliated services required for the cancer centre.

Spin off effects will be felt throughout the Northern Health region, as enhancements are planned for up to eleven Northern Health sites in communities outside Prince George.

The ambitious timetable for construction will bring the cancer clinic on stream three years earlier than recommended in a cancer strategy report prepared for the provincial government.

Deputy Premier and Prince George MLA Shirley Bond made the announcement today, the Prince George website Opinion 250 had details as did the Prince George Citizen.

Province Approves Budget For Northern Cancer Centre
Opinion 250 News
July 18, 2008

Prince George, B.C. – The Provincial Government has formally approved the near $100 million dollars needed for the new Northern Cancer Centre.

The money will go towards renovations to the Prince George Regional Hospital, radiation and diagnostic equipment and infrastructure expansion for cancer care services throughout the north.

The project will be pursued as a public-private partnership. The next stage will see an request for qualifications issued to invited the private sector to take part in the process. After that, a short list of teams will be invited to submit proposals to design build, finance and maintain the facility. The request for qualifications for the new cancer centre is expected to be issued by the end of the month.

Deputy Premier Shirley Bond says the construction is expected to start in late 2009 and the facility and the facility will be officially opened in 2012, which is 3 years earlier than was recommended.

Minister of Forests, Pat Bell, said it was local Surgeon Michelle Sutter who delivered the initial information that for the North, having people travel elsewhere for treatment wasn't an option any more. Bell wanted to offer thanks to Sutter for her efforts.

The cancer centre will provide:

--4,200 square metre centre which will include radiation therapy treatment

--1,000 square metre addistion and renovation to PGRH for a new 6 bed oncology unit as well as expansion of pathology, lab and diagnostic imaging service

--Enhancement of up to eleven Northern Health sites in communities outside Prince George
acquisition of new equipment and information technology

--The cancer centre will bebuilt to be energy efficient and achieve LEED gold certification
The bill for the facility is $99.5 million dollars.

Northern cancer clinic fast forwarded

Citizen staff
Friday, 18 July 2008

The long-awaited cancer centre for northern B.C. will be built three years earlier than anticipated.Construction will start in late 2009 with a completion goal for 2012, Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Mount Robson, announced Friday in Prince George.

"That's three years ahead of the completion schedule recommended in the cancer strategy report," said Bond.To ensure the project goes ahead as planned, the B.C. government has allocated $99.5 million in capital funds to the cancer strategy for the North.The funds cover costs of the new B.C. Cancer Agency Centre for the North, renovations to Prince George Regional Hospital, radiation and diagnostic equipment and infrastructure throughout the North, Bond said.

The new 4,200-square-metre (42,600-square-foot ) centre, connected to PGRH, will include two linear accelerators used to deliver radiation treatment. As well, a 1,000-square metre (11,110- square-foot) - addition to PGRH will provide a six-bed oncology unit, an expansion of pathology, laboratory and diagnostic services and office space for new cancer care The strategy also includes enhancement of about 11 sites in the Northern Health region including equipment and information technology.

The next step by the end of July is to issue requests for qualifications, develop a short list of teams and invite them to submit proposals to design, build, finance and maintain the cancer centre facility.

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