The Dawson Creek and District Hospital (DCDH) redevelopment will serve to expand and improve on spaces and services within the facility. This will prepare DCDH for current and future needs of the region.
More project details will follow once the business plan is complete.
The DCDH redevelopment project was approved on July 4th, 2018. Northern Health’s Capital Projects team is now working with the Province of BC to complete the business plan for the project, at which time more details will be released. Once the business plan is complete, the work of procurement and construction will begin.
The business plan is when the operational details of the redevelopment are analyzed. Space requirements, staffing, design, IT needs, and more are examined in detail to ensure the project is a success. This phase can last for up to 18 months.
The vision of the DCDH redevelopment project is to create a model of excellence in health care that will incorporate modern best practices and standards for the a hospital as well as meeting the future needs of the region.
The new hospital will improve the healing environment and will provide culturally safe care for residents of the northeast through the creation of proven design features.
The redevelopment will create an environment that improves staff, physician and volunteer engagement, security and morale to improve recruitment and retention as well as minimizing workplace stress and injuries.
Northern Health is currently in the business case planning for DCDH. Part of that planning requires some pre- engineering and testing work, a portion of which will take place on the NW corner of the Northern Lights College (NLC) property. NLC is supportive of this work and the disruption on that site will be minimal.
An Advisory Committee formed April 30, 2019 to inform the development of the business plan and determine future community-engagement activities. The Advisory Committee consists of representation from:
- Saulteau First Nations
- West Moberly First Nations
- Kelly Lake Cree Nation
- First Nations Health Authority
- Peace River Regional Hospital District (PRRHD)
- City of Dawson Creek
- BC Patient Safety & Quality Council/Patient Voices Network
- South Peace Health Services Society
The Advisory Committee will be in place for the duration of the project. During the construction phase, the Advisory Committee may create working groups to bring broader input to specific issues.