NIC and VIHA announce health partnership and program funding agreement
May 22, 2012FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMR12-028 NIC and VIHA announce Health Partnership and Program Funding Agreement North Island College (NIC) and the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) arepleased to announce the signing of a Health Education Partnership and ProgramFunding Agreement, which will see VIHA transfer up to $2.75 million in funding to NICover a minimum 10-year period to support development and delivery of rural healthprogramming to meet the specific needs of this region.Specifically, VIHA will transfer$200,000 annually over twoconsecutive five-year terms for thepurpose of assisting NIC to establish aCentre of Excellence for RuralHealthcare Education to serve as amodel for British Columbia. Followingthe first five-year term a review willtake place to evaluate goals, benefitsand outcomes, adjust goals asrequired, and finalize terms of thesecond five-year funding period. VIHA and NIC Board and Executive members signing Health Education Partnership and Program Funding Agreement. VIHA will also transfer $250,000 peryear for a minimum three years to Left to right: Don Hubbard, Chair, VIHA Board of Directors, Howard Waldner, VIHA President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Lynn Stevenson, fund the development and delivery of VIHA Executive Vice President, People, Organizational Development, health education programs targeted Practice & Chief Nurse, Dr. Jan Lindsay, NIC President and Chief Executive Officer, Jan Carrie, NIC Vice President Education, and Bruce Calder, Chair, to fill positions in rural areas, such as NIC Board of Governors cross-trained medical lab diagnosticimaging technologists and pharmacytechnologists.
The Health Education Partnership agreement is distinct from the land sales agreement,which will see the new Comox Valley Hospital built on former NIC lands and which wasannounced by Premier Christy Clark on April 26th, although the transfer of funds andfuture health programming is tied to VIHA’s development of expanded health serviceson the north Island.NIC’s President Dr. Jan Lindsay notes “The Health Partnership Agreement will supportdevelopment of expanded health care programming, the sharing of human andinfrastructure resources to support the work of both organizations, and jointinvolvement in applied research projects. A Steering Committee has been establishedand will begin preliminary discussions of potential programming and otheropportunities in the near future.”Lindsay adds “In entering into discussions with VIHA, the college took the position thatthe sale of college land would have to provide educational benefit to the college andfuture students. The Health Partnership Agreement will be a powerful catalyst fordevelopment of leading edge health care programs and expanded opportunities forstudents.”“VIHA and North Island College recognize the benefits of locating a hospital andtraining institution in proximity can realize for developing shared researchopportunities and skilled health human resources,” says Howard Waldner, VIHAPresident and CEO. “This partnership will result in more locally-trained health careprofessionals who are attuned to the unique needs of patients in more rural andremote communities.” -30-Media contacts:Susan Auchterlonie Valerie WilsonDirector, College & Community Relations Communications Lead, North IslandRegionNorth Island College Vancouver Island Health Authoritytel 250-334-5271 tel email@example.com Valerie.Wilson@viha.ca