The $301.8 million Fort St. John and Peace Villa has officially opened in northern British Columbia. The project ranked 84 in the 2011 Top 100 Projects and was removed for the 2012 edition due to its expected completion. The public-private partnership project was completed on time by ISL Health, which was the design-build, maintenance, and partial financier for the project.
Northern Health, the provincial health agency that is responsible for the project, will retain ownership and responsibility for the delivery of health services at the facility. According to Cathy Ulrich, CEO and president of Northern Health, “The Fort St. John clinical design team, in collaboration with ISL Health, created a facility which incorporates the best practices for delivering quality health care services. We are all proud of this facility and it’s capability to serve the community, and we thank our partners for helping us achieve this incredible goal.”
The facility was constructed to LEED Gold standards and features large windows designed to increase natural light and is constructed to facilitate easy access to the outdoors. The majority of rooms at the new hospital are single bed and this was done to enhance privacy and help control infection rates.