Planning, morale problems tainted new Comox Valley Hospital

Questionable decisions and compromises made during the process to plan the new Comox Valley Hospital have created operational inefficiencies that, when combined with a dramatic change in management culture, caused a serious decline in staff morale. But during a two-month investigation, involving nearly two dozen interviews, Decafnation has learned of concerns about insufficient staffing, patient over-capacity, diminished laboratory services and other operation problems that have raised quetions about whether the facility is sufficient to service a growing and aging Comox Valley population for very long.