PENTICTON — Penticton is getting a new patient care tower at its hospital.
Premier Christy Clark made the announcement Wednesday in Penticton.
“As Penticton continues to grow, so does the demand on services Penticton families rely on, including the hospital. We committed to moving forward with a new patient care tower, and today we’re moving forward,” says Clark.
The new tower will add an additional 287,000 square feet to the existing facility and has been budgeted at $325 million. The Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District will pay $122 million. The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation is contributing $20 million to the project.
The province says the project will be built in two phases. It says phase-one will include construction of the new patient tower which will include a new walk-in centre, a surgical services centre, and 84 medical and surgical beds.
Phase two will include renovation of the existing hospital including expansion of the emergency department.
The government says more than 1900 jobs are expected to be created over the life of the project.
Construction is expected to begin in early 2016 and will likely take more than three years.