The delivery of health care in the region is the responsibility of the Fraser Health Authority. The main purpose of our Regional Hospital District is to raise funds for capital costs associated with the construction and acquisition of hospital facilites and major equipment in our region. These capital costs are normally shared with the Health Authority with the Regional Hospital District funding 40% of such costs. The Board of Directors is the same as that of the Regional District.
Our Hospital District is currently involved with two major capital projects. The first is the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre towards which we are contributing approximately $72.3 million. This facility opened in the summer of 2008. The second is our District approved contribution of $30 million towards the Chilliwack Hospital Redevelopment Project which is intended to provide a new emergency department and new ambulatory and diagnostic centres. The construction has begun and will take approximately two years to complete.
The Hospital District is also setting aside funds on an annual basis that will be available for any capital upgrades that will be identified and approved for the Mission Memorial Hospital.
Board of Directors:
An elected 23 member Board of Directors govern the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District. Six members are representatives from the City of Abbotsford, four from the City of Chilliwack, two from the District of Mission, one member each represents the District of Hope, the District of Kent, and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. Eight members represent the Electoral Areas that make up the Fraser Valley Regional District's unincorporated communities.