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NEWS RELEASE · 19th March 2014
Northern Health
Emergency department renovation project complete at Kitimat Hospital and Health Centre

Staff and physicians at the Kitimat Hospital and Health Centre are now working in their new space after the completion of $811,000 in renovations.

“Improving patient care includes ensuring our medical staff and physicians have the best possible working environments,” said Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad. “Supporting the renovations in a growing community like Kitimat helps ensure health care needs for local families will be met now and into the future.”

The renovation project on the emergency department includes the creation of an observation room, a clinical workstation, a medication and storage room, and a new walk-in patient triage area, among many other upgrades. The project was undertaken by Vector Projects based out of Kelowna, B.C.

“In an ongoing effort to improve to improve access for better health care to the people of northwestern B.C., we continue as a funding partner on a number of projects that will improve health care delivery in our region,” said Stoney Stoltenberg, chair of the North West Regional Hospital District. “We strive to ensure that timely medical access and care can be delivered to the residents of our region, and the renovations in Kitimat are an important part of that commitment.”

The $811,000 renovation project was funded by the Province of B.C. through Northern Health and the North West Regional Hospital District. The Kitimat Regional Hospital Foundation made a $10,000 contribution above the $811,000 project cost.

"The $10,000 provided to this project is the first donation from the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation to Northern Health, and we're very pleased with the results," said Corinne Scott, chair of the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation. "We have a goal of improving the delivery of health care in Kitimat, and this project assists with that goal."

To maintain continuity of service during the renovations, the B.C. mobile medical unit was utilized at Kitimat Hospital and Health Centre to allow staff and physicians to continue delivering patient care during the project. The mobile medical unit is available to support health care facilities across the province. Flexible in its form and function, the mobile medical unit has four levels of clinical capability:

- public health, outpatient clinic, and first aid level care;
- minor illness/injured (treat and release);
- critical care; and
- surgical intervention/life-saving emergency procedures.

“Although moving into the mobile medical unit from the emergency department is similar to moving out of your home for a period of time during a renovation project, staff and physicians found it as a great alternate work environment,” Jonathan Cooper, Kitimat health service administrator for Northern Health. “Staff and physicians are happy to have moved into their newly renovated space.”

Capital projects across the Northern Health region include renovations at St. John Hospital in Vanderhoof, and construction of new hospitals in Burns Lake and Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii.
Sammy Robinson was present to offer a blessing and get rid of evil spirits from the hospital.
Sammy Robinson was present to offer a blessing and get rid of evil spirits from the hospital.