Opened in 1961

Calls grow for new hospital in Terrace, B.C.

City council set to lobby provincial government next month in Vancouver

  • Aug. 10, 2016 4:00 p.m.

IF words don’t work, perhaps pictures will.

That could very well be the City of Terrace’s strategy as it joins in the call for the province to replace the aging Mills Memorial Hospital.

The idea of using images was brought up today by councillor Sean Bujtas as council discussed the ins and outs of how it would approach provincial cabinet ministers on a number of local issues at a series of meetings planned for next month in Vancouver.

In particular Bujtas said pictures of the inadequate patient washrooms at Mills would come in handy to help convince the province a new hospital is in order.

Those pictures, said Bujtas, would show that it is impossible to fit a patient in a washroom with someone else who might be needed to assist the patient.

“You just can’t do it and close the door,” said Bujtas.

The problem, which would particularly hamper patients in wheelchairs, became apparent during a recent tour by local officials of the facility, which has main portions first opened in 1961.

Councillor Michael Prevost added that the hospital also has infection prevention challenges and that patients share washrooms.

“In a modern hospital you don’t have that,” he said of the latter situation.

Councillor Stacey Tyers added that the showers in the hospital’s psych ward are also inadequate.

Council members debated the challenge of convincing the province to approve of a new hospital given that the region has lost one persuasive point – the prospect of increased population based on the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants and pipelines.

“We need a new hospital regardless of major projects,” said Bujtas.

The city’s position that a new Mills hospital is needed is contained in briefing notes it will send to government ministers indicating the Northern Health Authority wants the hospital to become a trauma centre, offering the same level of service as the main hospital in Prince George.

“We don’t have the operating theatre for orthopedic surgery,” said mayor Carole Leclerc of one of the services that would be included with the higher trauma centre classification.

That’s unlike Kitimat and Prince Rupert which do have the facilities for orthopedic surgery without being designated as a higher level trauma treatment centre.

All council agreed that because of Terrace’s central location, Mills has become a regional hospital for people living hundreds of kilometres and hours away from the city.

Next month’s meetings with cabinet ministers is in Vancouver during which Terrace will bring up a list of local issues, and it coincides with the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention.






Just Posted

College buys a yurt to boost student success

Round tent-like structure part of college instructional shift

Soup kitchen sees “groundswell of community support”

Donations toward looming tax bill push non-profit back in the black

Terrace husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

BC Ambulance presented each a Vital Link Award for separate incidents of CPR

Council supports lobby for fair share of cannabis tax revenue

The City of Terrace is throwing its support behind a West Kelowna… Continue reading

Airport registers modest passenger increase

Manager anticipates further growth in 2018 as expansion project nears completion

Airport registers modest passenger increase

Manager anticipates further growth in 2018 as expansion project nears completion

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Most Read