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NEWS RELEASE · 18th October 2012
The Northern Health Authority (NHA) and the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation (KGHF) unite to fund a $30,000 remodeling of the nurse’s/ doctor’s station in the ER area of the Kitimat Hospital.

The project will create a glassed-in work station, which will provide improved patient confidentiality, better patient flow and a more professional and secure facility for ER staff. A request for proposals has been sent out and architectural drawings are in the process of being completed. This welcome new addition to the ER should be under construction early in 2013.

Currently the nurses are required to use hallway space for their work station which forces them to have their back towards their patients and face away from the entrance.

The NHA has budgeted $250,000 in 2012 towards remodeling the ER to include an observation room, so it was an opportune time for the Hospital Foundation to make their first contribution to the Hospital for the nurses/doctor’s station, in order for the two projects to be completed simultaneously, to provide both staff and patients with an improved environment in the ER.

The investment to the Kitimat General Hospital is the first for the Hospital Foundation. KGHF has been raising money since Feb 2011 including partnership with the last two Bull-o-rama’s (Kitimat’s Indoor Rodeo), and generous donations received from the Kitimat Kinsmen Club and residents of the community.

Corinne Scott, Chair of the Kitimat Hospital Foundation, complimented the members of the Foundation for their dedication and hard work in raising funds. The majority of the contributions will be used towards an additional wing for Mountainview Lodge, increasing the number of extended care beds available, but we have an opportunity to make a difference in services right now and are happy to partner with Northern Health in this worthwhile project to improve the provision of medical care in the Emergency Room at the Kitimat General Hospital.