$417 million RIH patient care tower gets the go-ahead

By James Peters
February 6, 2017 - 10:30am Updated: February 6, 2017 - 3:36pm

KAMLOOPS — It is touted as the single largest investment in Kamloops history.

The province announced this morning it has approved funding for the second phase in the Royal Inland Hospital redevelopment plan, the patient care tower, to the tune of $417 million.

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At a news conference this morning, Health Minister Terry Lake said site work is scheduled to begin next year, after an 18-month procurement process.

The tower will be nine storeys tall and will include three floors of inpatient beds, new surgical space, labour, delivery and postpartum beds, and a new neonatal intensive care unit.

"State of the art, modern patient facilities. Operating rooms that are 21st Century operating rooms, with private rooms, so patient experience is far better, far less infection concerns. Of course a great environment for health professionals," said B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake.

The project is scheduled to be complete by 2022.

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