The Comox-Strathcona Regional Hospital District (CSRHD) at their February 7, 2018 board meeting decided to no longer pursue water features at the two hospital locations. The CSRHD provides capital funding, cost shared with the provincial government on a 60/40 basis, with the hospital district portion being 40 percent. The CSRHD does not fund the operations of facilities. The facilities that the CSRHD provides capital funding for are: Campbell River & District General Hospital, St. Joseph’s General Hospital, Cumberland Regional Hospital Laundry Society, Gold River Health Clinic, Sayward Primary Health Centre and the health centres on Cortes, and in Kyuquot, Tahsis and Zeballos.
The CSRHD board had $50,000 budgeted per hospital facility, Comox Valley and Campbell River, towards an area to provide solitude for residents in times of grief and need while at the facilities. At the February 7 board meeting, the estimated costs were discussed and a decision was made to not move forward with the water features.
“The CSRHD board takes public interests and concerns seriously,” explains CSRHD Board Chair Charlie Cornfield. “The proposed water features were meant to be there for the community to use in times of need and reflection. At the meeting the board instead decided to place those funds into reserves for future Island Health capital funding initiatives.”
For more information on the CSRHD visit www.csrhd.ca