Partnership Moves Renewal of Residential Care Unit Forward

Dec 02, 2013

Victoria, BC– The renewal of residential care services in Greater Victoria took a big step forward today with an agreement between the Capital Regional Hospital District and Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority) to develop a new 320-unit residence for the elderly and people with dementia. The new facility will replace aging infrastructure at the Oak Bay Lodge and Mt Tolmie Hospital. The Capital Regional Hospital District has acquired the former Blanshard School lands from School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) at 955 Hillside Avenue, Victoria. The 3.5 acre Hillside property is already zoned for residential care.

The land and future building will be owned by the Capital Regional Hospital District, and once the project is complete Island Health will provide the residential care services. Design and construction is expected to go to public tender before the fall of 2014 and the project is estimated to take about three years to complete.

“Through this innovative partnership, we have a tremendous opportunity to provide the highest quality of care for the most frail and elderly citizens of the Capital Region,” said Denise Blackwell, Capital Regional Hospital District’s Board Chair. “This investment secures long-term community ownership of an important public asset, achieving long-term community benefits, while minimizing costs to both service users and local taxpayers.” 

“This is an exciting day for Island Health to be able to move forward on this much anticipated project,” said Don Hubbard, Island Health’s Board Chair. “I am very pleased with the selection of this site. It is an excellent location for a residential care facility and one which will offer access to a range of amenities for residents and families.”

“The Board of Education is extremely pleased that this land is to be returned to the public trust in perpetuity serving the needs of our community,” said Peg Orcherton, Board Chair of School District
No. 61.

Island Health advises that Oak Bay Lodge and Mt Tolmie Hospital will continue operating until the new facility opens and residents will be given the choice of moving either to the new facility or to another facility of their choice. 

A corporation of the Capital Regional District, the Capital Regional Hospital District partners with Island Health and community stakeholder agencies to develop and improve hospital and healthcare facilities in the Region, including replacing buildings that have reached the end of their economic and functional life.  Through capital and other community investments, the CRHD supports a healthy vibrant and liveable Region for all citizens.

Island Health is responsible for the delivery of $1.9 billion in community, hospital and residential care to more than 750,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands of the Salish Sea and Johnstone Strait, and in the mainland communities north of Powell River and south of Rivers Inlet.

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Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
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Sarah Plank
Island Health Media Relations
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Cell: 250.213.9926
Email: sarah.plank@viha.ca

John Gaiptman
Superintendent of Schools
Tel: 250.475.4159
Cell: 250.217.6532
Email: jgaiptman@sd61.bc.ca