New health centre to get 37 flat-screen televisions

Paul Bickford/NNSL photo The new Hay River Health Centre is getting 37 flat-screen televisions.

Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
The new Hay River Health Centre is getting 37 flat-screen televisions.

There will be no shortage of televisions at the newly-opened Hay River Health Centre.

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Social Services posted a procurement opportunity for 37 40-inch flat-screen televisions for the centre, which is the process of being opened in stages.

Damien Healy, spokesperson for the department in Yellowknife, said the call for the televisions is nothing new.

Healy explained that this is the third tender call for the same televisions.

The first tender call happened last year.

“And the result from that was nobody had a bid that could match the criteria we were specifying,” said Healy. “So as a result of the first tender, the second tender went out last year and was awarded, and the result from that was the winning vendor wasn’t able to provide the goods for the price that they submitted.”

That unfulfilled tender was for $31,148.60 from a company in Yellowknife.

“So we cancelled that tender and then we reissued just recently,” said Healy, adding the department is waiting to hear back on who the successful vendor might be on the third tender.

The department spokesperson explained the televisions will be used in waiting areas, at the renal dialysis room and for 18 in-patient rooms.

“So it’s for the patients,” he said.

Healy said the televisions in the waiting areas will be used to show various public information messages about health issues and upcoming events.

–Paul Bickford