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Parksville's new health centre creating jobs

The new regional health centre is under construction on Highway 4A in Parksville, near Despard Avenue. - Auren Ruvinsky Photo
The new regional health centre is under construction on Highway 4A in Parksville, near Despard Avenue.
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PARKSVILLE - Site preparation for the construction of a new health centre in Oceanside is well underway, creating employment and supporting the local economy, according to MLA Ron Cantelon and the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).

“It’s exciting to see development getting underway for this important and exciting care facility,” said Cantelon, BC Liberal MLA for Parkville Qualicum. “Not only will this project create local construction jobs during the building phase, but in the longer term, it will continue to support long-term, stable and well-paid jobs for health care providers.”

There are currently about 10 local individuals working at the Oceanside Health Centre (OHC) project. Since the OHC was announced on January 25, 2012 as part of the site preparation, close to 100 trucks of soil have been transported to a local farm for screening to remove wood fibre, roots and rocks so the soil can be reused.

VIHA has created a specific web page (www.viha.ca/about_viha/building_for_health/oceanside.htm) with information about the Oceanside Health Centre, including the health care services that will be provided, the model of care that will be offered as well as detailed information about floor plans and site specifications.

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