Deal done to build new heart centre at Kelowna General Hospital

Construction of the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre at Kelowna General Hospital  is one step closer with the signing of an agreement with Plenary Health to deliver the new facility.

The provincial government announced Friday it has signed the deal with Plenary Health, after the consortium delivered a proposal that reduced the capital-construction and operating costs. The construction schedule has also been shortened by several months in part by changing the method of ground preparation, said the Ministry of Health.

"A big step has been taken with the announcement that very complex and detailed financial negotiations with Plenary Health have now concluded and a final agreement has been reached," said Health Minister Mike de Jong "British Columbian families in the Interior can now look forward to construction on the surgical centre to start this fall."

All health-care services will continue to be funded by the government of B.C. and delivered by Interior Health. The B.C. government will maintain control and decision-making over services and owns the facilities during and after the life of the agreement.

The final agreement with Plenary Health is a fixed-price, performance-based agreement to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new facility. The total cost of the cardiac care centre building is $169.1 million. Construction is expected to

start in this fall, with anticipated completion by early 2015. The centre is expected to be open to patients in mid-2015.

The surgical building will provide a permanent location for cardiac surgical services and programs at KGH. The centre will have state-of-the-art surgical facilities, a medical device reprocessing department, cardiac intensive care and post-operative recovery.

"It's certainly good news that a contract has been reached on the scope of the surgical building. On behalf of the Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District, I'd like to thank everyone involved in the financial negotiations, as we now turn to the actual construction of the facility," said regional hospital board chairman Robert Hobson, who is also chairman of the Central Okanagan Regional District board.

Norman Embree, Interior Health chair man said he was pleased the deal with Plenary Health has been sined and it's now time to "get the shovels on the ground."

The new heart centre is the next major construction project at KGH after the recent opening of the new six-storey Centennial Tower and the new Dr. Walter Anderson building across Pandosy Street that houses the hospital's new laboratory and clinical support services.

The overall IHSC project includes the new IHSC building and the completed Anderson building, as well as renovations to the existing Royal and Strathcona buildings at the KGH and fit-outs in the new Centennial tower. The total cost of the project is

$367 million, with $70.7 million coming from the from the Central Okanagan Regional

Hospital District.

"With this investment of $367 million, that brings total health capital investment in the Interior since 2001 to around $1.5 billion," said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick.

In addition to the work already done to expand KGH, the government funded the addition of a new patient care tower at Vernon's Jubilee Hospital as well.

As a part of the project, cardiac intervention procedures were launched at KGH in 2009. Previously, percutaneous coronary intervention's (PCIs) were only performed at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. With completion of the new building, KGH will become the fifth full cardiac care site in the province.

Some cardiac services are already being offered at KGH and since the inception of the program here, more than 2,000 individuals have received PCIs at KGH.


The IHSC will be designed and built to achieve LEED Gold certification, and maximize the use of wood in the interior and exteriorin keeping with B.C.'s Wood First Act.


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