Planners impressed with hospital consultation turnout


Photo: This hospital diorama was on display, as concerned residents listened intently to an update from Northern Health and ISL on Wednesday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
 

 

By Christine Rumleskie

More than 30 residents attended an information session on the new Fort St. John Hospital project that’s currently under construction.

 

The ‘Neighbourhood Community Committee’ meeting was held in the current hospital’s boardroom on Wednesday night. It was designed to allow consultation with residents who live nearby the construction grounds.

Members from Northern Health, the City of Fort St. John, and developer ISL Health, were on hand to answer questions from the public.

Project Manager for Northern Health, Tom Sparrow, says he was impressed with the way resident’s engaged in the consultation.

[asset|aid=2508|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7c7cc4f339da340d7c2cd4d512431b28-Sparrow 2_4_Pub.mp3]

The project broke ground last spring, and should be complete by 2012. A residential care facility is included in the design plan.

Many residents had questions relating to road closures, as well as routes that would be used during the construction process.

Others were impressed to find out that the wood used to make the facility would be purchased from the local mill.

Sparrow added that since many of the developers live in Fort St. John, most of the questions that were asked at the committee meeting were anticipated.

[asset|aid=2509|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7c7cc4f339da340d7c2cd4d512431b28-Sparrow 1_5_Pub.mp3]

Sparrow says there’s going to be plenty more consultation sessions, as planners want to make up several committees to engage the entire City.
The consultation dates will be announced in the near future.