The Province of British Columbia established Regional Hospital Districts as a means of financing a local contribution to the costs of constructing or renovating major health care facilities such as acute care hospitals or long-term care facilities.
Regional Hospital Districts are governed by the Hospital District Act. The main purposes of the Regional Hospital District are to establish, acquire, construct, reconstruct, enlarge, operate and maintain hospitals and hospital facilities; and provide grant aid for the establishment, acquisition, reconstruction, enlargement, operation and maintenance of hospitals and hospital facilities.
Regional Hospital Districts are not involved in financing or administering hospital operations.
The Powell River Regional Hospital District (PRRHD) has the same boundaries as the qathet Regional District and its Board members are the same as the qathet Regional District Board. Councillor CaroleAnn Leishman is the current PRRHD Chair. The PRRHD requisitions funds for the region’s local share of the debt for Powell River General Hospital. From time to time, the PRRHD also contributes to minor capital projects and equipment purchases.