$100 million hospital redevelopment plan moving forward in Williams Lake

By Greg Fry
February 2, 2018 - 12:10pm Updated: February 2, 2018 - 2:46pm

KAMLOOPS — It's just what the doctor ordered for Williams Lake residents.

The provincial government announced Friday the Central Cariboo town will finally be getting a redeveloped Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

"Three months after receiving the revised concept plan, we have approved the project to move to the business plan," said Health Minister Adrian Dix. "This is a critical step in the redevelopment of the hospital, as the business plan stage is in the final phase of planning before the project proceeds to construction."

Upgrades have been in the planning stage since the hospital's master site plan was completed in 2011. A concept plan was submitted to the Ministry of Health in 2015 and a revised plan last October.

Currently the cost of the work is estimated at over $100 million. The Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District will pick up 40 per cent of the tab while the remainder will be financed by the provincial government.

The redevelopment of the 55 year old hospital will create more space for patients and healthcare providers and meet the most recent technological standards.

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