KAMLOOPS — The new Clinical Services Building at Royal Inland Hospital has been filled with doctors, patients, and students for a month, but today, Sep 16, marked the facility's official opening.
People from Kamloops, the regional district, and the Tk'emlups Indian Band gathered in the new building as many words of thanks were spoken by local dignitaries and members of the healthcare community.
The $80 million project has been in the works for years.
Mayor Peter Milobar serves as the chair of the Thompson Regional Health District and says the new building provides easier access to patient care.
"This building's really that first step in terms of improving access to the hospital, both straight off of Columbia Street for people walking in or on their scooters and wheelchairs," Milobar said. "Parking is obviously much improved, clinical services will be improved, and easier access, and it really does springboard us into that next Patient Care Tower project that we're hoping to see the treasury board approve into the new year."
The Clinical Services Building is considered the first phase in expanding Royal Inland Hospital, and its official opening comes on the same day of a big announcement regarding the second phase.
"Today the Hospital District Board voted to financially support the second phase, which is the Patient Care Tower," B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake said. "That's all great news for healthcare in our entire region. It makes me very proud to be part of the team that has worked hard to make this happen."
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