03/20/2013 09:32 EDT | Updated 05/20/2013 05:12 EDT

Hospital complex for western Newfoundland to get $227 million from province

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Premier Kathy Dunderdale has announced the provincial government will spend $227 million over three years to assist the construction of a new regional hospital in western Newfoundland.

Dunderdale says the money for the Corner Brook facility will be included in the province's 2013 budget.

The next phase of the project will see the finalization of the design for the 260 bed hospital complex.

It will include an acute care centre, a separate long-term care facility, in-patient mental health services and a hostel.

The government says it will issue a request for proposal for a design by July.

Construction is expected to begin in 2015.