Discussion, possibly a decision on hospital at Jan. 21 meeting

  • Jan. 7, 2008 6:00 p.m.

More information about the site for the new south-end hospital will likely be available following the next Northern Health board meeting, scheduled for Jan. 21 in Prince George. Northern Health spokesperson Mark Karjaluoto said the meeting agenda has not yet been set, but he expects that there will be some discussion about the new hospital. Northern Health decided last year to build a new hospital to replace the general hospital in Queen Charlotte, which has served the communities since 1955. The board is considering two sites: the existing location and a site offered by the Skidegate Band Council near the ferry terminal, on the border between Charlotte and Skidegate. The two sites are just over five kilometres apart. “It has been in ongoing discussions,” Mr. Karjaluoto said. “At this point I don’t know where it will land on the board agenda.” Mr. Karjaluoto added that the process of designing and building a new hospital is complex and that the site decision is only one aspect of the project.