Cape Breton Regional Hospital Expansion Moving Forward

Thursday June 20, 2019

The first tender for design services for a major expansion of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital was awarded today, June 20. This expansion is part of the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment project.

Government awarded the contract to EXP, to design the new 190,000 square foot building that will be constructed at the back of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Work is happening now to get the site pad-ready for the expansion. As announced in March, the expansion will be connected to the existing hospital via pedway.

"The expansion at Cape Breton Regional Hospital is a key part of the redevelopment project to upgrade Cape Breton's health care system making it stronger, sustainable and reflecting the needs of Cape Bretoners," said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. "This is exciting progress in Cape Breton's largest health-care infrastructure project.

"When complete, the regional hospital will have a new emergency department, cancer centre and critical care department, which will transform health care services."

The new emergency department will be twice as large as the current one, with more exam and patient rooms, as well as teaching and education space for staff and students.

The new cancer centre will more than double in size, with twice as many chemotherapy seats and new space for counselling and group sessions.

The new critical care department will more than triple in size and have the intensive care, coronary care and intermediate care units all under one roof. There will also be more patient rooms and new family and support spaces.

The CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project also includes renovating and expanding the Glace Bay Hospital emergency department, inpatients beds and operating rooms, and building new, modern community health centres and long-term care facilities in North Sydney and New Waterford. This will replace the New Waterford Consolidated and Northside General hospitals.

Work is happening now to get the site pad-ready for the expansion of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital (background) as part of the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment project.

Work is happening now to get the site pad-ready for the expansion of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital (background) as part of the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment project.