Providence Health Care suspends discussions with Glacier View Lodge

Providence Health Care has decided to temporarily suspend amalgamation discussions with Glacier View Lodge until the board and society have concluded “internal discussions,” Providence has said.

“They’re going through a process of determining how they want to proceed,” said Shaf Hussain, a spokesperson for Providence, which is a Catholic health care provider. “We’ll just wait for them to communicate after their internal processes are done what their final decision is regarding the go-forward amalgamation planning.”

Calls to GVL executive director Michael Aikins were not returned.

Earlier this year, St. Joseph’s General Hospital announced a partnership with Providence Health Care and Glacier View Lodge. The latter is a local long-term care facility.

Like St. Joseph’s, Providence prohibits medical assistance in dying (MAiD).

Island Health is in the process of examining bids for a 70-bed long-term care facility. Though unconfirmed, speculation suggests St. Joseph’s has submitted a bid.