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Latest news from the Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project 

2022

April 29: Cowichan Tribes share harvest opportunities at site of the new Cowichan District Hospital

Every now and then, a day comes along to remind us about the importance of partnership and community. For members of the CDH Replacement Project team, April 29 was one of those days. 

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January 25: Thank you to all who responded to our call for Volunteer Patient Partners! We are reviewing your areas of interest and expertise and will be reaching out to applicants in the coming weeks.

2021

December 2: Fall 2021 Project Update

This is the place to find out what we’ve been up to and what lies ahead. Inside this edition:

  • Behind the scenes – The CDH Mental Health & Substance Use team shares how expanded spaces in the future hospital will support better care experiences for patients and families
  • Patient Partners needed – Find out how you can volunteer to review proposed design solutions during the design and construction phase
  • Joe Elliott, project director for Indigenous engagement, discusses the importance of Indigenous participation and culture safety; and
  • More news you can use to stay up-to-date on the Cowichan District Hospital replacement project.

November 16: Volunteer Patient Partners Needed

Lend your voice to the new Cowichan District Hospital (CDH)! Patient Partner volunteers are needed to help inform the design of the new CDH. Island Health is seeking patient partners who would like to join the Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project Patient Partnership Group (PPG) to help the team ensure the new hospital reflects Island Health’s vision to provide excellent health and care to everyone, everywhere, every time.  

As a patient partner, you will help provide input into the design of the new hospital by working with program user groups representing Ambulatory Care, Emergency, Paediatrics, Perioperative, Maternity, Medical/Surgical Inpatient Units and Mental Health & Substance Use, Medical Imaging and others.

Please join us in this exciting opportunity to help shape your new hospital! To learn more, visit our posting on the Patient Voices Network (kindly RSVP by December 15).

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October 27: Community Info Session 

The Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project and Island Health Cowichan Valley leadership team invite all community members to a live Zoom webinar on Wednesday, October 27 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

The presentation will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.

Visit www.sli.do and enter code #newcdhinfo to submit your questions in advance and our panelists will answer them during the Zoom Q&A.

Please note that the webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend the live session. Email newcdh@islandhealth.ca for more information. (See below for video). 

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October 12-22Site Surveying in the Bell McKinnon & Herd Road area (map included) 

The Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project proponents will be conducting surveys of the surface features along Bell McKinnon and Herd Road during this time. 

  • Ground surveys will be conducted October 12-15. 
  • Drone surveys over the new hospital site, Bell McKinnon and Herd Road will be conducted October 18-22 (daytime weather dependent). Altitude: 30-100 metres. Noise: 75db.

All necessary permits have been obtained and drone operation will comply with all Transport Canada regulations. 

September 22Business to Business Networking Event 

Infrastructure BC is inviting local contractors, suppliers and businesses who might be interested in working with, or providing products and services to the successful proponent team regarding the Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project. This virtual event also allows the prospective proponent teams to enhance their knowledge, understanding, and awareness of local services available, and to build relationships with local contractors, suppliers, and businesses. 

June 23: Community Info Session on June 30

COWICHAN VALLEY – The Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project and Island Health Cowichan Valley leadership team invite all community members to a live Zoom webinar on Wednesday, June 30 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. 

The presentation will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a question and answer session.

Visit www.sli.do and enter code #newcdh to submit your questions in advance and our panelists will answer them during the Zoom Q&A.

Please note that the webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend the live session. Email newcdh@islandhealth.ca for more information, or click the thumbnail below to view the recording. In recognition of A Day to Listen: Amplifying Indigenous Voices during Indigenous History Month, we are grateful to be joined by Cowichan Tribes Elder, Ron George, who will be providing an opening prayer for this session. We are also pleased to feature a project update from Joe Elliott, project director for Indigenous engagement.

June 10: Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project Update

April 1Next steps taken for new Cowichan District Hospital - BC Government Media Release

NORTH COWICHAN - Cowichan Tribes unceded traditional territory - People in the Cowichan Valley are closer to a modern hospital as significant milestones have been reached, including the land transfer and the issuing of a request for proposals (RFP).

“Now more than ever, we recognize the critical importance of our health-care system, and our commitment to replace Cowichan District Hospital acknowledges the priority we place on timely access to high quality health-care services close to home,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “These key milestones bring us closer to getting shovels in the ground to bring the very best health-care facility to the growing communities of the Cowichan Valley.”

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March 25: Land Transfer for a New CDH Acknowledging Cowichan Tribes unceded traditional territory

Cowichan Tribes Councillor and Elder Albie Charlie met with Island Health President & CEO Kathy MacNeil and Cowichan Valley Regional Hospital District Chair Aaron Stone to commemorate the land transfer for the new Cowichan District Hospital. As project partners, we gratefully acknowledge these lands belong to the Cowichan Tribes people and we commit to working and walking respectfully beside one another as we build a new place of healing.
 

2020

December 18: Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project Request for Qualifications Issued

2019

December 9: Cowichan Valley Health & Care Fall 2019 Update Find out what we’ve learned from Indigenous communities, how we’re planning for an environmentally responsible facility, and hear how the Perinatal Working Group is incorporating community feedback into their plans for a new CDH.

September 11: Patient Partners needed for a focus group in October.  Thank you to those patient partners who joined us on September 23.

August 27: Cowichan Valley Health & Care, summer 2019 update Read how local care teams & Cowichan Valley citizens are contributing towards the new hospital plans and are working together to set the stage for healthier communities and a sustainable healthcare system

May 3: Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project business plan update A behind the scenes look at our first master site planning meeting

April: A Different Perspective for Hospitals Dr. Shannon Waters discusses the benefits of planning for a health promoting hospital in the Cowichan Valley

Feb: Patient partner volunteers needed for Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project engagement session in early March

2018

December: Notice for Neighbours of Bell McKinnon, Anzio, Westcott & Norcross Road: Low level helicopter flight over proposed hospital site on Monday, December 10, 2018 

November: Drop-in Community Information Sessions happening throughout the Cowichan Valley

October: Notice for Bell McKinnon Neighbours: Minor Activity at the Proposed Hospital Site on Bell McKinnon Road