800 Million Kuna Investment for Rijeka, One of Largest in City’s History

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 29th of August, 2019, this building was built about forty years ago and is the latest hospital facility in the Rijeka area, yet most of the hospital’s medical facilities are housed in a building that is more than one hundred years old.

Back at the beginning of this month, the government approved the director of the Clinical Hospital Centre (KBC) Rijeka to conclude contracts with contractors for the second phase of the construction of a new hospital in Rijeka, popularly called the ”mother and child” hospital, a new construction site will be opened in Sušak in September.

In the currently contracted time period of two and a half year, a brand new hospital complex will emerge, in which the current Clinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, the clinics and wards which are now part of the Children’s Hospital in Kantrida, all hospital laboratories and ancillary facilities such as the thermal power block and a multi-storey car park, will be replaced.

The investment, worth almost 800 million kuna, was secured from this and previous budget years, and which was a precondition for signing contracts with contractors Kamgrad and GP Krka, which should complete the new facility by March 2022, writes Novi list.

The building for the new hospital complex is a major part of the long-awaited second phase of the construction of the new hospital, which, more than a decade ago, began with the construction of other facilities in Sušak, with a total of 90 million kuna invested over the years.

The second phase of construction of the new hospital began back in 2016 with the excavation of the construction pit and the arrangement of a new integrated emergency reception, which began operations last year. Along with the aforementioned excavation and the new emergency admission facility, when it comes to the second phase of the new Rijeka hospital, around 875 million kuna should be invested, which definitely makes the second phase of the new Rijeka hospital one of the largest investments in the recent history of the entire Northern Adriatic city.

It is common knowledge that KBC Rijeka operates in as many as three localities today, which primarily increases costs, but also significantly affects the quality of care. The construction of a hospital for mother and children will move the entire site of Kantrida, a valuable property owned by the City of Rijeka, to Sušak, while the Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Rijeka site should be redeveloped after the relocation of the new clinic.

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