North West Regional Hospital District

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Who We Are and Who We Represent

  •  Largest Regional Hospital District Geographically
    • Same boundaries as the entire Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS) and North Coast Regional District (formerly SQCRD), and the western portion of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN).
    • Nisga'a Lands were added in Dec 19, 2014 and now have one director on the board 
  • 28-member elected Board of Directors
  • 25 municipalities and electoral areas, including the Nisga’a Nation.
  • Population approximately 80,000
  • Varied Population of workers, children, and seniors, as well as a large transient workforce.
  • Supports 16 facilities, more facilities than any other RHD.
  • Governed according to the Hospital District Act and the BC Government ministry responsible is the Ministry of Health Services. There are (RHDs) throughout the province.
  • Created to provide funding for the establishment, acquisition, construction, reconstruction, enlargement operation and maintenance of hospitals and hospital facilities defined under the Hospital Act.


2017 NWRHD Budget link

2016 NWRHD Financial Statements link


News and Media Releases for Mills Memorial Hospital

Feb 21 2018 Mills Financing Agreement and Fact Sheet

Feb 9 2018 Ministry of Health, Northern Health and NWRHD

Feb 2 2018 NWRHD, City of Terrace and Regional District Kitimat-Stikine.


The Board of Directors

Regional District


Director Name/Position (as of January 2017)

Regional District Bulkley-Nechako

District of Houston

Director, Shane Brienen (Mayor, District of Houston)

Village of Telkwa

Director, Brad Layton (Mayor, Village of Telkwa)

Town of Smithers

Director, Taylor Bachrach (Mayor, Town of Smithers)

Electoral Area A-Smithers Rural

Director, Mark Fisher

Electoral Area G-Houston Rural

Vice Chair, Director, Rob Newell


Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

District of New Hazelton

Director, Gail Lowry (Mayor, District of New Hazelton)

Village of Hazelton

Director, Alice Maitland (Mayor, Village of Hazelton)

City of Terrace

Director, Lynne Christensen (Councillor, City of Terrace)

City of Terrace

Director, Sean Bujtas (Councillor, City of Terrace)

District of Kitimat

Director, Phil Germuth (Councillor, District of Kitimat)

District of Stewart

Director, Galina Durant (Mayor, District of Stewart)

Electoral Area A – Nass Valley, Meziadin

Chair, Director, Harry Nyce

Electoral Area B – Hazeltons rural, Kispiox, Moricetown through Cedarvale

Director, Linda Pierre

Electoral Area C – Terrace Rural

Director, Jessica McCallum-Miller

Electoral Area D – Telegraph Creek, Iskut, Bob Quinn

Director, Dave Brocklebank

Electoral Area E - Thornhill

Director, Ted Ramsey

Electoral Area F – Dease Lake

Director, Tina Etzerza

Nisga'a Nation

Director, Willard Martin (Chairperson Council of Elders / Nisga'a Lisms Executive)


North Coast Regional District (Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District)

City of Prince Rupert

Director, Barry Cunningham, (Councillor, City of Prince Rupert)

City of Prince Rupert

Director, Nelson Kinney (Councillor, City of Prince Rupert)

Village of Masset

Vice-Chair, Director, Barry Pages (Mayor, Village of Masset)

Village of Queen Charlotte

Director, Greg Martin (Mayor, Village of Queen Charlotte)

Village of Port Clements

Director, Doug Daugert (Councillor, Village of Port Clements)

District of Port Edward

Director, Dave MacDonald (Mayor, District of Port Edward)

Electoral Area A – Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla, Crippen Cove, Dodge Cove

Director, Des Nobels

Electoral Area C – Oona River, Dolphin Island, Kulkayu (Hartley Bay)

Director, Karl Bergman

Electoral Area D – Graham Island Rural

Director, Michael Racz

Electoral Area E – Sandspit, Moresby Island

Director, Bill Beldessi




Supported Facilities

NWRHD supports two Health Authorities.


Table 1: Facilities that the NW Regional Hospital District contributes capital funding towards for major capital construction (and related) and major equipment purchases.

Regional District


Major Acute and Chronic Care Facility

Regional District Bulkley-Nechako


Houston Health Centre




Bulkley Lodge


Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine








Terrace Community Mental Health Services


Terraceview Lodge


Seven Sisters Residence


Stewart Health Centre


Stikine Health Centre


James Samuel Gosnell Memorial Health Centre


Health Center


Health Center


Health Center


North Coast Regional District (Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District)

Prince Rupert

Prince RupertRegionalHospital

Prince Rupert

Acropolis Manor


Northern HaidaGwaiiHospital & Health Centre

Village of Queen Charlotte

Haida Gwaii Hospital & Health Centre




Priority Capital Projects

In Progress – Replacement of Mills Memorial Hospital


This project was announced by Minister de Jong February 28, 2017

Budget 2017 supports plans for new Mills Memorial Hospital




History / Timeline: 

  • Sept 2010 - UBCM Meeting with Minister of Health. Requested replacement of Mills Memorial.
  • May 2011 NWRHD toured Mills Memorial as part of the Regular Board Meeting. After the tour a debrief occurred with much discussion centered around the need to replace or rebuild. NWRHD requested a report on the analysis being done by Northern Health Authority.
  • Nov 2011 A delegation from Northern Health Authority presented the options for Mills Memorial Hospital. This was an in-camera meeting.
  • Rise and Report from this meeting: This Board recommends to the new board that the new Board support Northern Health in working towards replacing Mills Memorial instead of renovating it.
  • July 2012, detailed Functional Program including indicative design with option. This process was about what physicians and nurses needed in a new hospital. Thisis the first major step in facility replacement.
  • October 2012 – Master Planning for Mills Memorial Contract to be awarded.
  • Sept 2013 – Concept Plan underway.
  • Sept 2014 – Concept Plan with the Ministry of Health.  Master Plan, Master Program and Costing Complete. The next step will be to prepare the Business Plan.  Provincial approval is needed to proceed
  • February 2017 – Updated Concept plan submitted by Northern Health to the Ministry of Health for review.
  • February 28, 2017 – announcement made by the Province to move forward with the Business Plan



 In Progress - Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre - Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay


Photos of Celebrations

Link to news releases:                                     

Haida Gwaii Hospital Officially Opens

Shortlist of Qualified Contractors to bid on the New QCI/Haida Gwaii Hospital

RFQ for New Hospital on Haida Gwaii Released

Northern Health Celebrates Annoucements

Province Plans for New Hospital on Haida Gwaii



Future Capital Projects –  Hospital Renovations or Replacements in NW British Columbia

 The following facilities are due for either an entire replacement or major renovations:

  • Mills Memorial Hospital Replacement (Terrace)
  • Bulkley Valley District Hospital (Smithers)
  • Wrinch Memorial Hospital (Hazelton)
  • Prince Rupert Regional Hospital (Prince Rupert)



North West Regional Hospital District Meeting Schedule 2017:

 All Regular Meetings are at 11:00am at the RDKS Boardroom 

  • January 20, 2017,    March 24, 2017,   May 26, 2017,   August 18, 2017,   November 24, 2017
  • Special Meetings may occur at the call of the Chair


Lead Staff: Yvonne Koerner, CPA CMA, MBA   Executive Director


Executive Committee of the Board: 

  1. Harry Nyce (Chair / Director, Area A, Kitimat-Stikine RD)
  2. Rob Newell (Vice-Chair / Area G, Bulkley-Nechako RD)
  3. Barry Pages (Vice-Chair / Councillor, Village of Masset, Skeena-Queen Charlotte RD)              


How to Contact Us: 
Suite 300-4545 Lazelle Avenue
Terrace, BC V8G 4E1 
Tel: 250-615-6100
Fax: 250-635-9222
Toll Free: 1-800-663-3208


View Northwest Regional Agendas and Minutes: Online Document Library 

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