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Following a brief speech by Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm, Premier Christy Clark addressed the crowd in attendance, speaking about the significance of the brand new hospital and care centre.
In her speech, Premier Clark talked about the importance that the updated medical services will provide to those in the north, especially when considering the state of the art medical equipment available at the new hospital.
She also discussed how such a facility is important with regards to the retention and attraction of health care professionals in the north.
“Medical professionals are more likely to come to a place with the best technology and the best facilities. This facility, because it’s new, is going to attract health professionals from various fields. And the best doctors, nurses and health professionals want to rub shoulders with the others who are best in their field…So the quality of this building is going to make a really big difference in attracting great professionals to the north, not just in Fort St. John, but to all other communities around it.”
Premier Clark also spoke about how the city of Fort St. John has earned a cutting edge facility of such magnitude.
“Fort St. John makes an outsized economic contribution to the country. We have to make sure that we are delivering the kind of services that a city like this not just deserves, but has earned because of the contributions made. In B.C. we want to make sure that we are delivering the kinds of services that this kind of community needs to grow, because we want you to grow.”
The new hospital and care centre measures 23,000 square-metres, doubling the size of the previously used facility, which was built back in the 1960’s.
The celebration concluded with a ceremonial cutting of a ribbon, officially opening the new facility and care centre.
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