Patients across the South Okanagan are one step closer to having modernized patient care with the successful completion of the construction phase of the David E. Kampe Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.

EllisDon Infrastructure presented Interior Health with the keys to the David E. Kampe Tower on December 15, signifying the substantial completion of the tower.

“We’re thrilled that the David E. Kampe Tower has met this significant milestone,” said Petra Veintimilla, chair of the Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District.

“This hospital will enhance the care patients are receiving in Penticton and across the South Okanagan Similkameen region.”

Interior Health employees, physicians and volunteers will now start going through building orientation and training. New equipment, computers and furniture will be installed over the coming months, in preparation for the hospital to be open for patients in late April 2019.

“We’re excited to see the David E. Kampe Tower project hit this stage in of construction,” added Carl Meadows, Acute Health Service Administrator at Penticton Regional Hospital.

“Our staff and physicians do an exceptional job caring for patients. We are all looking forward to late April when we can welcome the public into this hospital tower and continue to provide world-class care in a modern environment.”

The $312-million David E. Kampe Tower project is funded by the province ($161-million), Interior Health ($14-million), the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District ($117-million) and the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation ($20-million).

The Tower is a six-storey addition that will bring Penticton Regional Hospital up to a modern standard of care. The new tower includes ambulatory care, surgical services, 84 inpatient beds in single-patient rooms, a new medical device reprocessing unit, space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine and a roof-top heliport.

EllisDon Infrastructure was selected by Interior Health in 2016 to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new David E. Kampe Tower. EllisDon Facilities Services Inc. will provide facilities maintenance services at PRH for a 30-year period.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation has been running a successful fundraising campaign since 2015 and is nearing its goal of $20 million, which will go towards the purchase of equipment in the David E. Kampe Tower.

Once the David E. Kampe Tower is open, Phase 2 renovations will commence to the existing hospital to allow for an expanded emergency department plus renovations to the pharmacy and material stores.

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