Upgrades approved for South Okanagan hospital ER

By Dale Boyd
Special to OsoyoosToday


The emergency department at South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver will get a much-needed renovation with capital funding that gained preliminary approval Thursday.

It’s among a host of requests put forward by Interior Health worth $2.6 million that were approved by the board of the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District.

The work at SOGH will relocate admitting services and create new triage and waiting areas.

“The (current) lack of a dedicated triage area results in this task either not being performed, being performed by non-clinical staff, or conducted in a public area,” Donna Lommer, Interior health’s chief financial officer, wrote in her report to the board.

New signage and a dedicated entrance for the emergency department are also in the works.

The project is expected to cost $970,000, with the hospital district’s 40 percent share ringing in at $388,000.

 

Interior Health also plans to spend $3.5 million upgrading existing infrastructure at Penticton Regional Hospital before it hands over maintenance of the facility to the private-sector consortium it hired to design, build, finance and maintain the new patient care tower. The hospital district’s share in that is $1.4 million, although $800,000 was approved previously.

Among the less expensive capital projects on Interior Health’s to-do list are flooring replacement at SOGH and the Summerland Health Centre, a sewer line at the Princeton General Hospital and a general radiographic system for the South Similkameen Health Centre in Keremeos.


Dale Boyd is a reporter with the Penticton Herald and covers Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen meetings for OsoyoosToday.

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