A long-awaited milestone was marked in Corner Brook yesterday, but work on the Western Regional Memorial Hospital is far from complete.
Premier Andrew Furey joined with others from government and local health care officials for a ceremony marking the completion of the first phase of the health care complex yesterday.
The milestone is being hailed as a great time for Corner Brook, but Premier Furey admits the project is still a long way from being complete.
He says they’re at a phase now where they are ready to begin moving patients into the building.
The Premier says recruitment, retention and training efforts continue to try to address wait times in the region.
“There’s no one easy fix,” says Furey. “Changing the system takes time, training people for a modern system takes time and we’re doing all of it in parallel; we’re not doing it in tandem.”
The hospital is expected to be open to patients in the spring or summer of 2024 “on time, and on budget” from the time when shovels finally went into the ground according to Furey.