$64Million Contract for New Hospital signed
construction of the new hospital is expected to take 18 months “from start to
finish,” Deputy Chief Minister and Minister responsible for Health, Hon. Ronnie
Skelton announced on Monday 22 January after he signed a $63.9 million dollar
contract with Mirsand-Carimex-Quantum, for the construction of the new hospital
building in Road Town. Minister Skelton described the signing as “a milestone
for the BVI, since it is one of the biggest contracts ever signed by any
administration in recent times.”
Mirsand-Carimex-Quantum is now tasked with the construction of a 150,000 square
foot, six-storey facility on the excavated property directly behind the hospital
extension. This building will be based on designs that were completed by the
Dallas architectural firm PageSoutherlandPage (PSP). “The building will be less
costly to cool, and less costly to outfit than the original designs,” he said.
hospital will include 128 beds, three standard-size operating theatres, at least
two nursing stations to support each of the major hospital wards, three labour
and delivery rooms, a physiotherapy wing, a new pharmacy, a medical records
unit, psychiatric inpatient unit, a chapel, cafeteria, and a gift shop.
divulged that before the decision was made to construct this new structure
Government examined the old hospital to assess its “ability to be renovated in
order to provide the delivery of an improved level of healthcare.” However, he
noted that based on findings, Government determined that the existing building
could continue to be used for some services.
of Health disclosed some of Government’s expectation for the new hospital, which
include the provision of needed space for modernization and additional types of
services for the people of the BVI and “others who reside among us”;
accommodation for patients who are on dialysis or requiring other types of
regular treatments not previously available in the BVI; and timely and
professional services to patients. In addition to that, Hon. Skelton said that
Government wants the new hospital to “carry us for 50 to 60 years into the
future and therefore (have) the necessary space for future expansion”; be a
facility that provides a comfortable/pleasant work environment for the staff
with state of the art equipment for optimal performance of the employees; and to
make available the space for health tourism to become an option for the future
growth of the BVI’s economy.
stated that he was fully aware that no building project will be able to provide
the solution for all of the Territory’s healthcare needs. However, he pointed
out that this project “will enhance the framework for meeting the healthcare
requirements of all the people of this Territory.”
Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith declared that once the work begins on this
hospital, something fundamental will change in the BVI: “For a very long time we
were a poor and isolated place; and more recently we have become a dynamic and
developing community – but now, with this hospital standing as our greatest
symbol, we will enter the third great era of the BVI – the era of empowerment
and opportunity. With this hospital, we complete the long national project of
providing for our people the basic infrastructure of modern life. With this
structure in place, our people will finally be liberated to focus the full
measure of their attention and energy to the task of personal fulfillment and
self-actualization,” Hon. Smith proclaimed.
noted that the new hospital will require much work and much commitment: “We have
long, hard days ahead, but in the end, the hospital shall stand. Its doors shall
open, and into it shall come the sick and all those in need of care – and there
they shall find comfort – and a new day shall dawn for us all,” he said.
Minister exhorted the people of the BVI to learn more about the plans for this
new hospital, and feel free to ask questions and raise their concerns. He also
asked them to remember the hospital project in their prayers: “Ask God to bless
and protect this great work that it may be completed with skill and with wisdom
– and that it may be equal to the vision which inspired it.”
Carimex, Mr. Jose Ramon Brea said that he was going to reserve his remarks until
the hospital has been completed. Nevertheless, he did promise to have the
project delivered on time and within budget.
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