New $104 million hospital for Truro,
A new hospital in Truro will mean better access to top quality health
care for residents in the Colchester East Hants health district,
officials from the government of Nova Scotia said.
Earlier this month, the government announced a contribution of
$78-million to replace the Colchester Regional Hospital. The total
project cost is about $104 million.
The Colchester East Hants Health Authority provides services from both
the Colchester Regional Hospital, in Truro, and the Lillian Fraser
Memorial Hospital, in Tatamagouche.
“This project will secure the future of quality health services in
Colchester East Hants,” said Karen Casey, chair of the health authority.
“After years of planning and consultation with our health-care team and
communities, we finally have the commitment we need to bring this
project to fruition.”
Truro-Bible Hill MLA Jamie Muir announced the long-anticipated funding
to replace the “inadequate” Colchester Regional Hospital.
He said the new facility, to be built within town limits, “will be the
most modern hospital that we have in the province.” The existing
facility is the province’s oldest regional hospital. The original part
of the building, known as the annex, opened in 1926, followed in 1965 by
a larger addition.
The new hospital will be based on a cost-saving, two-building campus
model. All administrative services and non-clinical activities will be
housed in an administrative building. The funding will allow the health
authority to proceed with the next stage of planning, which will involve
tendering for architectural design. The new facility is expected to be
completed in 2010.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to assist in building a new
facility that will address the healthcare needs of the residents of
Colchester and East Hants for generations,” said Karen McNeil, chair of
the Colchester Regional Hospital Foundation. “This is about men, women,
businesses, municipalities, foundations, and service clubs being as
generous as they can possibly be. It is about providing leadership, as
volunteers, as donors and as member of our community. It is about coming
together as a community to ensure that the best possible healthcare is
available for the members of our community for years to come.”
In July 2001, the Minister of Health approved a request from the
Colchester East Hants Health Authority to conduct a district-wide role
study. The study was approved by the minister in 2002. Subsequent to
this, the health authority was advised to describe its needs in terms of
replacing the existing Colchester Regional Hospital.
The district selected and purchased a site for the new facility in the
summer of 2005.