PRH a few bucks short as opening nears

Opening day for the Penticton Regional Hospital’s new David E. Kampe Tower is now just a month away.

But while excitement builds and the countdown continues, the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation is reminding South Okanagan residents it enters the home stretch of its $20-million campaign to provide the medical equipment for the PRH expansion with $1.2 million left to raise.

“We’ve received incredible support from throughout the community, now we just need a bit
more so we can fund the equipment going into the soon-to-be renovated and expanded
Emergency Department,” said Carey Bornn, Executive Director of the SOS Medical Foundation.

Construction of Phase Two of the $312-million PRH project, including the Emergency Department upgrade, will begin just a few months after the opening on the new tower.

“When that’s complete, Penticton will have one of most up-to-date hospitals in the province,” Mr. Bornn said.

Construction of the six-storey tower began in 2016. It includes 84 new single-bed rooms, five new surgical operating rooms, new ambulatory care clinics and more.

In addition to the Emergency Department upgrade, Phase Two will also see renovations to the hospital pharmacy and material storage area.

Penticton businessman David Kampe has donated an additional $4.4 million for a permanent MRI and SPECT-CT nuclear medicine equipment which were not part of the original project.

For more information on donating to PRH or other health facilities in our region, contact the SOS Medical Foundation at 250-492-9027 or visit sosmedicalfoundation.com.

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