Premier Announces Investment in Redevelopment of Royal Inland Hospital

Funding to cover clinical services building, medical teaching space and more onsite parking

KAMLOOPS – Premier Christy Clark announced July 11, the first phase of

the redevelopment of Royal Inland Hospital, which includes a new

clinical services building, medical teaching space and more onsite

parking.

“I know that the future of Royal Inland Hospital is an important

issue to the region to meet the growing and changing needs of

families,” said Premier Clark. “That’s why we are moving forward with

this multi-phased redevelopment project.”

The first phase of redevelopment includes constructing clinic space

for some outpatient services that could house cardiology, neurology,

renal and respiratory programs. The building could also provide

teaching space for the UBC medical school program. Construction will

also include more onsite parking and improved vehicle and pedestrian

access to the hospital.

“A lot of time and effort has been put into the Royal Inland Hospital

redevelopment plan so far and it’s great to see the project is moving

ahead to the next phase,” said Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry

Lake.

The first phase of redevelopment is estimated to cost $80 million and

will be shared with the Thompson Regional Hospital District. Detailed

construction costs will be determined when the business case is

approved in early 2013, and construction is expected to begin in late

2013.

“On behalf of the Thompson Regional Hospital District, I’d like to

thank both the Premier and the government for today’s announcement.

This is definitely great news for the region,” said Peter Milobar,

Thompson Regional Hospital District chair.

In June 2011, Interior Health completed a master site plan for Royal

Inland Hospital which will be used to guide future development at the

site. The plan highlighted priority areas requiring expansion and

redesign, including hospital site access and parking, surgical

services, in-patient areas and ambulatory care.

In addition to the new clinical services building, a series of

potential phases include:

* Constructing a surgical inpatient building.

* Demolition of the Alumnae Tower and construction of a new parking

structure on that site.

* Creating a new dedicated emergency entrance and improving onsite

parking.

* Constructing a new inpatient/outpatient building as well as

renovating specific areas within the existing hospital.

To proceed with future work, the site requires redevelopment of

roadway access routes to the facility, the establishment of

pedestrian pathways and better parking infrastructure.

“Interior Health is committed to providing quality care, and today’s

announcement that the provincial government is moving forward with

redevelopment at Royal Inland Hospital will ensure health

professionals will continue to provide outstanding care that area

residents have come to expect, ” said Interior Health chair Norman

Embree.

Since 2007, about $80 million in investments have been at Royal

Inland Hospital. This includes $27.5 million for second floor

redevelopment and new MRI, $17 million for Hillside Centre mental

health facility, $11 million to relocate the intensive care unit and

$10.75 million for medical device reprocessing department

redevelopment.