RFP issued for next step of Cape Breton Regional Hospital expansion

A rendering of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital expansion project (NSHA)

The provincial government has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for construction management services to oversee the Cape Breton Regional Hospital expansion project.

Companies interested in managing the construction of the hospital expansion have until October 30 to submit their proposals. Details on the RFP can be found on the province's procurement website.

The Cape Breton Regional Hospital is getting a new emergency department, critical care department and cancer centre, which will be part of a new 190,000 square-foot addition at the back of the hospital.

Both the emergency department and cancer centre will double in size with the expansion, while 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.

Construction of the new building is expected to begin next summer and could take up to three years to complete. 

Other parts of the redevelopment project, expected to cost more than $100-million, includes renovating the Glace Bay emergency department and closing the hospitals in North Sydney and New Waterford, in favour of community health centres and long-term care homes.