investing in healthcareA corporation of the CRD, the Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) partners with Island Health and community stakeholder agencies to develop and improve healthcare facilities in the region and provide capital funding for infrastructure such as acute care, residential care and hospital equipment.

The CRHD was established by the provincial government (Hospital District Act) to provide the local share of capital funding for healthcare infrastructure in the capital region. Working with Island Health, the CRHD supports a healthy region by investing in healthcare service and capital strategic priorities such as:

  1. Upgrades and renewal of existing health facilities and medical equipment to meet changing service requirements and prolong the economic life of buildings;
  2. Replacement of existing buildings that have reached the end of their economic and functional life;
  3. New projects and expansion of existing facilities to meet increasing demand for healthcare services.

To ensure accountability for CRHD expenditures, the CRD provides oversight and review of facility projects and expenditures for major capital projects (greater than $2 million), minor capital (between $100,000 and $2 million), healthcare equipment and non-traditional projects. The CRD also works through community-based networks to identify the need for non-traditional capital funding requirements in the areas of primary and residential-based healthcare services.

Capital Regional Hospital District Board

The CRHD Board is the governing body fiscally responsible for the region’s health facilities and hospital equipment. The Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) is responsible for the delivery of health care in the region.

Authority

The Capital Regional Hospital District was established in 1967 by the Hospital District Act. The geographic boundaries of the CRHD contain 49% of the Vancouver Island population and approximately 66% of Vancouver Island’s health facility infrastructure.

Administration

The Health and Capital Planning Strategies Division administers the CRHD function on behalf of the CRHD Board of Directors. The Health and Capital Planning Strategies Division reports to the CRHD Board of Directors through the Planning & Protective Services Committee which makes recommendations to the Board. The CRD and CRHD share the same Board of Directors and Officers.

Recent CRHD Initiatives

Housing First

  • Unanimously supported by the Board at the Dec. 9 meeting, the Housing First Strategy is aimed at improving health outcomes and substantially reducing homelessness for some of the region’s most vulnerable citizens by 2018.
  • This strategy includes a partnership with BC Housing providing matching capital funding ($30 mil) and the Province on the support services side.

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Summit project

  • The Summit at Quadra Village 320-unit residential complex and dementia care facility will replace Oak Bay Lodge and Mount Tolmie Hospital.
  • The Capital Region Hospital District (CRHD) has completed the project design and is building the Summit on behalf of Island Health.

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950 Kings Road

Acquired as a strategic land holding for future use, development or sale by the CRHD, the 3.5 acre property at 950 Kings Road is one half of the overall 7 acre former Blanshard School property acquired from School District 61. Presently, this location is partially leased for five years (March 2021) to the Vancouver Career College, operating as CDI College, and the remainder of the site will be used for a project office and a laydown area to support the construction of The Summit project through to 2019.

Capital Plan and CRHD component of the HCPS Division Service Plan

For new Island Health healthcare capital projects, in 2016 the CRHD will contribute:

  • $4 M towards the $9.9M Medication Distribution system capital project at Royal Jubilee Hospital scheduled to begin in 2016
  • $3.75 M to Island Health for multiple minor capital projects; and
  • $3 M towards medical and diagnostic equipment
  • We are actively seeking partnership opportunities to develop vacant Mt. View parcels and other CRHD-controlled assets in support of community healthcare service provision.