TRAIL, B.C. — Construction has started on a new ambulatory care unit and pharmacy expansion at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH).
“Our government recognized the critical importance of upgrading KBRH so people in the West Kootenay-Boundary area could get better care, so it’s exciting to see work get started on the next phase of this project,” said Adrian Dix, minister of health, in a statement. “This investment builds on upgrades already completed at the hospital, which includes a new emergency department.”
The project will increase the hospital’s pharmacy space threefold. The ambulatory care unit will be expanded to create improved outpatient exam rooms and telehealth services. Ambulatory care includes outpatient procedures such as endoscopies, cystoscopies and other minor procedures.
Renovations will also be made to KBRH’s physiotherapy and health information management departments.
“These hospital improvements are a top priority for our government, and it’s great that construction is underway on this next step,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. “Overall, these changes will enhance patient care and improve conditions for health care workers.”
Construction is expected to be complete in 2023.
The total project has a budget of $38.8 million, with the provincial government contributing $23.3 million and West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District contributing $15.5 million.