A 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:
- Upgrades and renewal of existing health facilities and medical equipment to meet changing service requirements and prolong the economic life of buildings;
- Replacement of existing buildings that have reached the end of their economic and functional life;
- 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.
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.
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 Hospitals and Housing Committee which makes recommendations to the Board. The CRD and CRHD share the same Board of Directors and Officers.
Recent CRHD Initiatives
- 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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- 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. The building is partially leased by the Vancouver Island School of Art and the City of Victoria, with the remainder of the site being used for a project office and a laydown area to support the construction of The Summit project through to the end of 2019.
Capital Plan and CRHD component of the HCPS Division Service Plan
For current Island Health healthcare capital projects, in 2020 the CRHD will contribute:
- $217K towards the $4.24M Westshore Urgent Primary Care Centre capital project in Langford
- $421K towards the $10.3M Unit Dose Medication Distribution capital project at Royal Jubilee Hospital
For new Island Health healthcare capital projects, in 2020 the CRHD will contribute:
- $1.35M towards the Beacon Community Services Expansion project
- $3.75M for multiple minor capital projects; and
- $2.95M towards medical and diagnostic equipment