The top floor of the new wing of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) opened Monday for outpatient care.
The second expansion, located above the new emergency department opened last year, will house the new, much larger outpatient unit at the regional hospital. Outpatient care includes outpatient procedures such as endoscopies, cystoscopies, and other minor procedures, as well as the treatment of acute and chronic illnesses.
“KRBH is so important to people across the region and this redevelopment has been and continues to be a top priority for our Board of Directors,” said Suzan Hewat, President of the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District.
“Having an improved regional hospital allows people to receive care in a comfortable environment when they need it most. We are delighted to see this new unit open to patients.
The new wing is part of an ongoing redevelopment of KBRH and includes new intervention rooms, endoscopy rooms and recovery rooms, new changing rooms for patients and natural light.
The new pharmacy will be three times the size of the current ground floor location and is expected to open in 2022. A recently renovated medical records office has already opened. And work is underway to expand the oncology unit and plaster clinic, as well as to update the physiotherapy department.
The overall budget for the outpatient and pharmacy wing is $ 38.8 million: $ 23.3 million is funded by the provincial government and $ 15.5 million from taxpayers living in the regional hospital district by West Kootenay Boundary.
The KBRH Health Foundation has pledged to raise $ 750,000 for the development of ambulatory care after exceeding its goal of $ 1 million for the emergency department project.
The outpatient campaign is now underway.
“We have such an amazing community and the support we have received for our emergency department campaign has been overwhelming,” said Lisa Pasin, Director of Development for the KBRH Health Foundation.
“We want to continue to raise funds and support our regional hospital. We are extremely proud to be part of the ongoing redevelopment of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, ”she added.
“These expansions will improve health care for the residents of Kootenay Boundary for years to come. “
KBRH opened in 1954 and offers a variety of health care services including basic medical specialties, 24 hour emergency and trauma services, a level 2 laboratory, acute and obstetrical care. , psychiatry and chemotherapy.
“This is great news for locals as we have taken another step towards a completely redeveloped Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital,” said Katrine Conroy, MP for Kootenay West. “I look forward to the new pharmacy that will open in the next phase as our hospital evolves into a modern facility that will serve people for decades to come. “
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