North Abaco Member of Parliament, Renardo Curry, said that the long anticipated Mini-Hospital may be opening its doors as early as June and that the facility would open in phases as they hire staff and bring services online.
Mr. Curry said the landscaping has just been completed and a technical team came in to check out the facility ensuring the equipment was tested and everything is functioning.
“Now the technical people are looking at the end of May to give the okay to go ahead and utilize the facility and the hospital should be open by sometime this month,” he said.
He said that the staffing of the hospital has commenced with applications received in Nassau. “Persons interested locally are asked to submit their information to the Island Administrator or the Public Hospital Authority in Nassau, and in a very short time those applications will be analyzed and persons hired.”
He said that the hospital, when completely operational, will require about 50 staff. Initially they will begin operations with a staff of about ten persons and others will be added over time.
“That is a key component to our island as it relates to our infrastructure,” he said. “And now a number of things persons have to go to Nassau for will be available right here.”
Construction began on the $12 million 32,000 square foot building in April of 2012 and was to be built over a 60 week (A year and two months) period.
The project was said to be prolonged due to some technical difficulties. The new anticipated completion date puts the construction time just over four years.