PUGWASH – Another step forward in the construction of a new health care facility for the Pugwash area was confirmed today with the Cumberland Health Authority [CHA] announcing a project manager has been selected to lead the initial stages of the project.
Gary Pierce of Eastin Projects Limited will work with staff and physicians of the local health authority, East Cumberland Lodge, the Department of Health and Wellness and the local community to formalize the design requirements for a new building to replace the aging North Cumberland Memorial Hospital.
In making the announcement, CEO Bruce Quigley said the selection of a project manager is a key component in moving the process forward.
“The construction of a health care facility requires very careful planning to ensure it meets the current and future needs of the community,” Quigley said. “Based on Eastin Projects’ extensive experience with the development of other health care facilities throughout the province, we are confident that the project will now move forward in a positive way.”
The Province of Nova Scotia confirmed in 2012 that $2 million was earmarked in the 2013-14 capital budget for the formal planning and design, including architectural drawings and other start-up activities. An initial commitment to construct a new building came in 2011 after a recommendation was made by the CHA and other local stakeholders to construct a new building adjacent to East Cumberland Lodge.
Once the planning stage and architectural designs are complete, an estimated cost of the project can be confirmed in anticipation of final government approval and the start of fundraising by the local health care foundation.