North Island Hospitals Project wins innovation award

Silver Award for Infrastructure Sustainability received at a ceremony held Nov. 3. in Toronto

The North Island Hospitals Project (NIHP) has been recognized by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) for innovation and excellence in public-private partnerships (PPP).

The $606.2 million North Island Hospitals Project includes a new $331.7 million, 153-bed Comox Valley Hospital in Courtenay, and a new $274.5 million, 95-bed Campbell River Hospital on the existing hospital site.

Both hospitals are scheduled for completion by late 2017, and the project received the Silver Award for Infrastructure Sustainability at a ceremony held Nov. 3. in Toronto.

“Island Health is extremely pleased to accept the inaugural Silver Award for Infrastructure Sustainability from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships,” said NIHP Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow in the release. “We believe designing, building, maintaining and partially financing the two new state-of-the-art hospitals in the Comox Valley and Campbell River is the best approach to meeting the health care needs of all residents of the mid- and north Vancouver Island regions.”

“Island Health very much appreciates the continued support and guidance from the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health; and Partnerships BC,” according to Island Health Board Chair Don Hubbard.

Tandem Health Partners, the consortium selected to design, build, partially finance and maintain the North Island Hospitals Project, was happy to receive the award for their work on the project.

“We are very pleased that the North Island Hospitals Project has been honoured by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships,” said Rick Taylor, president of Infrastructure Investments for Balfour Beatty Investments North America, one member of Tandem Health Partners.

“The Tandem Health Partners team developed a truly innovative approach to this project and we look forward to delivering a successful result for the people of Vancouver Island.”