New cardiac centre prompts renovations elsewhere at Kelowna General Hospital

Interior Health announces $32 million project at KGH to support new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre.

Construction will continue at Kelowna General Hospital even after the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre opens later this year.

Interior Health has selected Stuart Olson Construction Ltd. as its construction manager to oversee major renovations of the existing Strathcona Building at the hospital.

According to IH, the company will be responsible for overseeing renovations on the second floor of the Strathcona Building to accommodate six coronary care unit (CCU) beds, plus space for two future CCU beds, as well as 34 cardiac inpatient beds and associated support spaces. KGH currently has 407 beds.

Upgrades to the mechanical and electrical infrastructure in the building will also be part of the $32 million project. The renovations to the Strathcona Building are part of the overall IHSC project and the money to pay for them is included in the heart centre construction budget.

The second floor of the Strathcona Building is currently home to nine operating rooms that are moving to the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre at KGH, slated to open this fall.

This move will open up space in the Strathcona Building to create the 40 single occupancy inpatient rooms with their own washrooms. Currently these beds are located elsewhere in both the the Strathcona and the Royal Buildings at KGH in a mix of four-bed, private and double-occupancy rooms.

The work is expected to be completed in 2017 and will be done in phases to support the new cardiac and surgical operations in the IHSC.

Four teams responded to IH’s request for ┬áproposals, which closed on April 29.

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