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  • MMH Construction Cam is online!

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    An MMH construction cam is now available to the public!

    That means any day, any time, you can see where construction of the new hospital is at.

    On the construction cam link you zoom around the site, view past photos, and compare photos of different days. You can also view and download time lapse videos.

    The link has views and photos, from two video cameras mounted on the roof of the current hospital. One view faces north, overlooking the tower cranes and construction of the new hospital. The other view faces west, overlooking the future site of the new Seven Sisters facility.

    The cameras takes photos every fifteen minutes.

    Check the MMH construction cam. Play around!





  • What will we do with your questions and comments?

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    3-D model on display at Skeena Mall and hospital

    Your input is important

    Thank you to everyone who has viewed the draft designs and displays. We've had some great comments and questions come in - written on the feedback boards at the displays, and here, on Let's Talk.

    Responses are forthcoming

    Please be patient as we sort through all the great feedback we've received. We need some time to process all the information we've received.

    Draft Designs on display

    Until Thursday, September 23, draft designs - including a 3-D model - are on display at the Skeena Mall in Terrace, and in the basement of the Mills Memorial Hospital, near the cafeteria for a few more days. For anyone who can't make it see the display, draft designs are also online here, on Let's Talk.

  • Draft designs on display at Skeena Mall & MMH

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    From September13 to 23.

    At Skeena Mall in Terrace.

    And in MMH hospital, in basement, near the cafeteria.

    Check them out!

  • Join the MMH Community Advisory Working Group

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    Northern Health is looking for two patient representatives from outside of Terrace, who live in Northwest BC and access services at Mills Memorial Hospital, to be part of a Community Advisory Working Group (CAWG) for the new hospital.

    This volunteer opportunity can be applied for though the Patient Voices Network. For more information and to apply, go to: Member, Community Advisory Working Group (CAWG), Mills Memorial Hospital (MMH) Replacement Project - Patient Voices Network (patientvoicesbc.ca)

    Deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

    The purpose of the Community Advisory Working Group is to have a table for stakeholder and community input into design aspects of the Mills Memorial (MMH) Replacement Project. The Group will provide input pertaining to local culture, practices and experience, to ensure the new facility is welcoming, respectful and relevant.

    Representatives form local and regional community organizations and stakeholder groups, many of which are in Terrace, have been invited to join this group. This includes a patient representative from Terrace. As Mills Memorial Hospital provides services to residents throughout Northwest BC, however, we are looking for two patient representatives from outside of Terrace to participate and give a more regional perspective

    The Group will be a sub group of the MMH Capital Advisory Committee. The Group’s input will complement and be considered along with input collected from other engagement activities and platforms.

    Some of the topic discussed within the Community Advisory Working Group (CAWG) will overlap with topics discussed by the MMH Indigenous Advisory Working Group (IAWG), which was formed in the Spring of 2021. Sub-working groups focused on specific topics may be formed with members from both of these working groups.

    The first meeting for this community group is planned for September 8 and the next Indigenous Advisory Working Group (IAWG) meeting is planned for the next day, September 9.

  • New video feature - and new videos!

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    Check out new videos feature we've added to Let's Talk Mills Memorial Replacement Project home page:

    https://letstalk.northernhealth.ca/mills-memorial-hospital-replacement

    We've uploaded a couple great videos to check out already - one of the Ground Blessing ceremony on May 31 and another time lapse video of all site activity in the month of June 2021.

  • Working groups created to give input

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    The Mills Memorial Hospital Replacement project is moving towards the final stages of procurement. Northern Health is in late-stage negotiations with a potential proponent to enter into a Design-Build Agreement. Once this agreement in place, the proponent will lead the complete design and construction of the new hospital.

    Design to Date

    The design of the new hospital is ongoing. Over the last year, several rounds of meetings have taken place between the proponent, MMH project team members, and facility user groups. The most recent meetings took place in February 2021 and the next round will be at the end of May.

    In the meetings, physicians and staff advise on essential and standard operational and clinical design elements, and raise concerns and offer suggestions based on best practices. These meetings are essential for the bidder to be able to draft a basic design and move through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process that leads to a final agreement.

    To date, the design of the hospital is approximately 60% complete, based on:

    • Best practices
    • Business plan
    • Statement of requirements
    • Services offered
    • Site and location
    • Local population
    • Department workflows and functions
    • Cultural considerations
    • Clinical and operational staff input
    • Indigenous, community and stakeholder input
    • Budget

    Working Groups created for Indigenous & community Input

    Since 2018, a Capital Advisory Committee, made up of local community, stakeholder and Indigenous representatives, has provided guidance in relation to project engagement. We are in the process of forming two working groups to serve under this committee and give input into the project.

    1. MMH Indigenous Advisory Working Group (IAWG)
      The purpose of the MMH Indigenous Advisory Working Group (IAWG) is to have a table for Indigenous input into design aspects of the project. The group, made up of local Indigenous and Métis Nation representatives, will provide input pertaining to considerations unique to Indigenous culture and practices to ensure the new facility is culturally safe, welcoming, respectful and relevant. The IAWG had its first two meetings at the end of April 2021. (Terms of Reference for the IAWG are available in the Documents section of this site.)

    2. Community Advisory Working Group (CAWG)
      The second working group, the Community Advisory Working Group (CAWG), will include broad community representation and is in development. The purpose of this group will be to provide input into design aspects of the project to ensure the new facility is locally and culturally respectful and relevant.

    Future Engagement

    After a proponent is announced, the MMH project team will initiate more general staff, community and stakeholder engagement. This includes sharing more detailed information, as well as seeking commentary and feedback.

    Register for Let’s Talk Northern Health!

    Due to current restrictions, a lot of our engagement will be virtual. This site Let’s Talk Northern Health is an online platform for sharing project information and gathering ideas and feedback. We invite you to check out the Let’s Talk Mills Memorial Hospital Replacement project page.

    Right now, we are asking some questions on the project page. We invite you to register for the site and share your thoughts. Over the course of the project, we will regularly post project updates, images, documents and engagement opportunities related to the project. This site will be where the most current project information is.

    Note! Anyone can go to the Let’s Talk site and Mills project page. But to participate and post on the site, or ask a question, you must register.

    Get in Touch

    Email: letstalkMMH@northernhealth.ca

    Or register and post a comment or question on the Let’s Talk Mills Memorial Hospital Replacement project page

  • Presentation to NW Regional Hospital District Board

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    On Friday, March 19, 2021, Northern Health gave a project update to the North West Regional Hospital District (NWRHD) Board. NWRHD is contributing $113.7 million to the project cost.

    Ciro Panessa (Chief Operating Officer, Northwest Health Service Delivery Area) and Michael Hoefer (Regional Director, Capital Planning and Support Services) presented a powerpoint that included a project timeline, as well as information about the new, proposed facility.

    Download a copy of the presentation here.




  • Procurement process continues

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    Request for Proposal Process Continues

    The Mills Memorial Hospital (MMH) project team continues to work through the modified Request for Proposal (RFP) process with a qualified bidder (the proponent). While a design build agreement is not yet in place, we continue to collaborate to move the project forward and in anticipation of a successful outcome.

    New Project Office

    A new MMH Replacement project office has been established on the second floor of the current hospital, and the project team has expanded to 11 members. Some of the team members work full-time on the project, while others also have other responsibilities.

    User Group Meetings

    Over the last year, several rounds of meetings have taken place between the proponent, MMH project team members, and facility user groups. The most recent meetings took place during the last two weeks of November 2020 and another round will take place in February 2021. These meetings are essential for the bidder to be able to draft a basic design and move through the RFP process that leads to a final agreement.

    These meetings are focused on clinical design. In the meetings, physicians and staff advise on essential and standard operational and clinical design elements, and raise concerns and offer suggestions based on best practices.

    It’s important to note that nothing at this stage of design is complete. Significant input still is and will be required for the final facility design.

    Communications & Engagement

    In September 2020, Northern Health’s Indigenous Health department contracted an Indigenous Engagement consultant to advise to help guide Indigenous engagement related to the Mills Memorial Hospital and future Northern Health capital projects. The MMH project team is working closely with Indigenous Health and the consultant to ensure proper and respectful engagement.

    In anticipation of a final agreement, the Project Team is busy planning and updating our communications and engagement plan. As a result of Covid-19 and restrictions on gatherings, we must be especially creative in our techniques, and take many activities online.

    After a proponent is announced, the Project Team will initiate public engagement. This includes sharing more detailed information, as well as seeking commentary and feedback from Indigenous partners, stakeholders and the community at large.

    Stay Tuned!

    We are pleased with the progress of the MMH project and RFP process to date. However, to maintain competitiveness in the process, we cannot provide further details until a successful proponent is announced.