Countdown to opening of new Kelowna cardiac centre starts

The $381 million Interior Heart and Surgical Centre is slated to open Sept. 28.

Friday marked 100 days until the opening of the new Interior

Heart and Surgical Centre at Kelowna General Hospital.

And to mark the date, a countdown was unveiled at KGH.

"The countdown is on toward opening the new Interior Heart and Surgical

Centre," said Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. "In just

100 days, the first patient will undergo surgery here, receiving great

care much closer to friends, family and home."

The centre is scheduled to open for patients on Sept. 28.

The Province provided $296 million for the centre, with another $85

million coming from the Central Okanagan Regional Hospital

District for a total cost of$381 million.

"Today, we are heading down the home stretch of seven years of

construction at Kelowna General Hospital," said Kelowna-Mission MLA

Steve Thomson. "I know that both patients and health professionals will

welcome the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre when it opens in

September. This centre will help save lives in the Southern Interior."

In addition to cardiac surgery - the first such program outside of

Victoria and the Lower Mainland - the centre will include new pre-

operative, day surgery and post-anaesthetic recovery bays and a cardiac

surgery intensive care unit.

"This facility is the icing on the cake that is KGH," said Kelowna-Lake

Country MLA Norm Letnick. "It has capacity for 15 operating rooms,

including two dedicated for cardiac surgery where patient-centred care

will be delivered closer to home."

The IHSC will add 14,120 square metres of modern

patient care space to KGH. It provides for easy

drop-off and pick-up from Pandosy Street with a modern design optimizing

natural light. There were 11,700 cubic metres (15,303 cubic yards) of

concrete poured during construction, approximately 1,530 truckloads.

"Kelowna General Hospital has been a cornerstone of our healthy

community for 107 years," said Central Okanagan Regional Hospital

District chair Gail Given. "From day one of the KGH expansion, the

Regional Hospital District has proudly provided financial support on

behalf of all Central Okanagan residents."

The new surgical centre was designed and constructed to achieve

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

"Interior Health is committed to environmental sustainability and green

buildings," said Interior Health board chair Erwin Malzer. "By creating

a healthy and healing environment for patients and health-care

professionals, we are fulfilling our vision to set new standards of

excellence in the delivery of health services in B.C."

The fourth floor, which will be home to a new maternity unit, is

expected to open in spring 2016.


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