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Island hospital getting $6 million emergency room upgrade

DCN-JOC News Services
Island hospital getting $6 million emergency room upgrade

PORT ALBERNI, B.C. — West Coast General Hospital’s emergency department is getting a $6.25-million emergency department redevelopment.

“The current West Coast General Hospital has served the people of the Alberni-Clayoquot region well since 2001. However, upgrades are needed so the hospital can continue this high level of care for people for decades to come,” said Adrian Dix, minister of health, in a statement. “Our government is proud to support this project that will enhance patient-centred care.”

Earlier this month, the province released a request for proposals for a construction manager to head the project. Construction is expected to begin in March 2021 with completion in summer 2022.

The project includes a 244 square-metre expansion as well as improvements to the existing emergency department space. The number of patient exam beds will increase by three, space for waiting patients will be expanded and a private seclusion room will be built for patients experiencing mental health emergencies. Crews will also upgrade the facility’s triage area, admitting area and entrances.

The project is being paid for through a partnership with the province, which will foot $2.22 million. The West Coast General Hospital Foundation is chipping in $2 million and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional Hospital District will contribute $1.7 million.

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