Council picks firm to conduct study into possible healthcare centre

By on March 13, 2018

Town council has chosen Vancouver-based Collier International to conduct a feasibility study into a possible Osoyoos Community Health Centre.

The firm was one of three that submitted proposals and was the lowest priced and highest ranked among the three.

Their bid came in at $85,200 plus $5,000 travel expenses. The cost of the study is covered by a $100,000 provincial grant the town obtained for it.

In a report to council, Barry Romanko, Osoyoos chief administrative officer, said the application for a Rural Dividend Grant for the study followed a petition by local residents seeking a walk-in medical clinic.

“Council met with local doctors and determined that development of a walk-in clinic had its challenges and limitations in that local doctor[s] wouldn’t be able to adequately staff the new service,” Romanko wrote.

“In the course of discussions with local doctors, it was determined that a centralized medical facility may assist in attracting new physicians and developing services that would better service the needs of the community,” Romanko continued.

The study will analyze this community’s health services gaps and determine if and how a centralized medical centre with multidisciplinary services can address the gaps and increase efficiency.

It will also look at potential services and providers that might be included and determine the feasibility of such a centre, including construction and operation costs.

Attracting private sector investment for construction and operation will be looked at, along with the alternatives of public funding with cost recovery or a “3P” model.

In this context, “3P” refers to a public-private partnership, which is typically a long-term arrangement.

The study is expected to start this month and finish in September.

All councillors voted Monday last week to move forward in awarding the contract, but Coun. Mike Campol used the discussion to address some of the community feedback about the costs of a study.

Paraphrasing U.S. President Donald Trump, Campol said, “Healthcare can be quite complicated.”

There are obvious needs in the community, Campol said, adding that councillors and administration shouldn’t come up with a knee-jerk reaction or a simplistic solution.

“I think this is absolutely the right thing to do to get a study,” said Campol. “We live in a complex area with some challenging demographics and I think it’s really important that we break this down properly and get a proper study done.”

Depending on the results, it could become a model solution for other rural communities, he added.

“I’m happy we’re taking the lead on this,” he said.

Mayor Sue McKortoff said she’s heard from a couple other communities in the Okanagan as well as Interior Health and they are interested in what Osoyoos is doing.


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  1. Diana Thomas

    March 12, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    This facility would be a great asset to the community.

  2. Dan

    March 14, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Residents of Osoyoos should not hold their breath. This is a major problem here, they try to appease people by saying it takes time to come to a solution for poor health facilities and care here in Osoyoos.

    Well don’t advertise that this is the ‘wonder of the world’ place to live in, trying to draw more people here. How long does this have to go on for? Discussions and meetings can go on forever, as they have, going nowhere. If Osoyoos can’t draw doctors to work here, not so ‘great’ of a place to live,is it?

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