Island Health, also known as the Vancouver Island Health Authority, is the publicly funded health care provider in the southwestern portion of the Canadian province of British Columbia. It was established as one of five geographically based health authorities in 2001 by the Government of British Columbia.[2]

Island Health
Formation2001; 23 years ago (2001)
TypeBritish Columbia Health Authority
Kathy MacNeil
$2.8 billion in 2019/20[1]
23,000 staff; 2,500 medical staff; 4,000 volunteers[1]

Island Health provides health care to over 850,000 people[1] over a geographic area of 56,000 sq km.[3] In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in British Columbia, Island Health had 96 intensive care unit (ICU) beds and 140 ventilators available, including 22 transport ventilators.[4]

Communities edit

The region includes the communities of:

The largest population center is Greater Victoria on the southern tip of Vancouver Island as the majority constituent of the Capital Regional District (CRD; population 383,360 as of the Canada 2016 Census), which also includes some of the southern Gulf Islands.

Outside of the CRD, the primary hospital serving the populous lower island is the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, serving Nanaimo and Parksville.

The other three metropolitan communities on Vancouver Island which function as centres of primary care are Courtenay, Campbell River, and Port Alberni.

Service edit

The main hospitals serving the CRD are the Royal Jubilee Hospital and the Victoria General Hospital, with the smaller Saanich Peninsula Hospital providing service to the Central Saanich and North Saanich municipalities. Saanich Peninsula Hospital "was built in 1974 as an Extended Care facility and has grown to become a full service hospital with 48 acute care beds and 144 extended care beds".[5]

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is slated to receive a new $33.85-million intensive care unit in 2021. "It will replace what a 2013 Island Health report deemed the 'worst' ICU in Canada."[6]

Campbell River and Comox Valley both have new facilities as of 2017.[7] North Island Hospital Campbell River and District provides 95 beds.[7]

Facilities edit

Island Health's 150 hospitals and health centres include:[8]

  • Bamfield Health Centre
  • Chemainus Health Care Centre
  • Cormorant Island Health Centre
  • Cortes Health Centre
  • Cowichan District Hospital
  • Cumberland Health Centre (Laboratory Only)
  • Gabriola Medical Clinic
  • Galiano Island Health Care Centre
  • Gold River Health Centre
  • Hornby Island Medical Clinic
  • Kyuquot Health Centre
  • Lady Minto/Gulf Islands Hospital
  • Ladysmith Community Health Centre
  • Mayne Island Health Care Centre
  • Namgis Health Centre
  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
  • North Island Hospital Campbell River
  • North Island Hospital Comox Valley
  • Pender Islands Bishop Coleman Memorial Health Centre
  • Port Alice Health Centre
  • Port Hardy Hospital
  • Port McNeill and District Hospital
  • Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital
  • Saanich Peninsula Hospital
  • Saturna Island Medical Clinic
  • St. Joseph's General Hospital (Affiliate)
  • Sointula Health Centre
  • Tahsis Health Centre
  • Tofino General Hospital
  • Victoria General Hospital
  • Victoria Hospice (Palliative Care)
  • West Coast General Hospital
  • Zeballos Health Centre

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "About Us". Island Health. Island Health. 2020. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  2. ^ "Regional Health Authorities". Government of British Columbia. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  3. ^ "2018/19 – 2020/21 Service Plan" (PDF). Island Health. June 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. ^ Grossman, Nina (20 March 2020). "Island Health has 96 ICU beds and 140 ventilators if needed". Victoria News. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Saanich Peninsula Hospital". FETCH South Island. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  6. ^ Hennig, Clare (10 September 2017). "Nanaimo hospital to get new intensive care unit by 2021, health minister says". Victoria Times Colonist. Victoria, BC. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  7. ^ a b Harnett, Cindy E. (21 November 2018). "Behind the move: Two new hospitals come to Vancouver Island". CBC News. Canada. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Vancouver Island Hospitals and Health Centres" (PDF). VIEA. September 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2020.

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