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NEWS RELEASE · 3rd December 2013
Walter McFarlane
Councillor Corinne Scott made a motion to write letters to the Northern Health authority and the Northwest Regional Hospital District to let them know how much the community appreciates the upgrading of the Emergency room and to thank them.

“The Northern Health Authority and the Northwest Regional Hospital District along with a contribution from the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation had provided over $810,000 for its upgrading of the Emergency Area of our Hospital. Northern Health also made arrangements for the mobile medical unit to be stationed in Kitimat for the next 3-4 months until the renovations have been completed,” said Scott.

She stated there are a lot of areas which are asking for the emergency room so Kitimat is fortunate to have it.

Scott told Council the original budget for this was $200,000 for an observation room only. The Kitimat Community Foundation added $10,000 in seed money for an upgrade to the Doctor’s and Nurse’s station. This investment led to major upgrades to the ER rater then just the Observation room and Nurses and Doctor’s station.

Councillor Rob Goffinet added that Mayor and Council spoke to the Minister of health endorsing this project and they were appreciative. Council told the Minister of Health this is a case where the Province can see the efficacy of upgrading the emergency rooms of the hospital in anticipation of the economic activity in the Kitimat area.

Councillor Phil Germuth mentioned how Council has seen how hard it is to receive funding for a community project and how they should say thanks for the funding.

The motion was called and carried.