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New OR project moving ahead at Royal Inland Hospital

June 27, 2014 - 11:18 AM

KAMLOOPS - Enhanced access to surgical services is now one step closer to reality, as Interior Health has named Delnor Construction Ltd. as the successful proponent for Construction Management Services for the creation of a new operating room at Royal Inland Hospital.

“This is a major renovation that, once complete, will allow Interior Health to expand surgical services in the Kamloops region,” says Health Minister Terry Lake. “Although future plans call for the development of a new surgical care tower at RIH, this new OR will help us more quickly meet immediate needs.”

“As a major trauma centre and the tertiary referral hospital for Interior Health West, it is essential that RIH has the capacity to address and respond appropriately to emerging surgical demands,” says Todd Stone, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson.

Royal Inland Hospital currently has eight operating rooms – seven for elective surgeries, and one for emergency procedures. Each elective theatre can perform four to five procedures per day, depending on the surgery, or approximately 20-25 per week.

With this renovation, a ninth elective OR and a new equipment storage area will be created through a conversion of existing space dedicated to the operating suites. The project also calls for new equipment and the addition of four beds in Post-Anesthetic Recovery. Additionally, RIH plans to add eight post-operative surgical beds, one intensive care bed, and associated staffing, the latter of which is still being determined.

“It’s great to see this renovation getting underway for such an important unit at RIH,” says Interior Health Board Chair Norman Embree. “I’d like to thank everyone who paved the way for Interior Health to reach this important milestone – it reflects the dedicated efforts of our surgeons, staff and administrators that we have been able to move this important investment in patient care forward.”

Interior Health issued a Request for Proposals for Construction Management Services on May 23, 2014. Following review and careful evaluation of the final submissions, Delnor emerged as the preferred proponent.

The preliminary planning and design for the OR project has been completed by Stantec. Delnor will now work with Interior Health and Stantec through the detailed design phase and will manage the tendering and construction activities through to completion. It is anticipated that construction will begin in the fall. Project completion timelines will be developed following final design work and construction tender awards.

The OR project capital cost is approximately $3.6 million, and will be shared between the Ministry of Health, Interior Health, the Thompson Regional Hospital District and the RIH Foundation.

“The TRHD is pleased to be able to contribute to this project, as a new OR will help not only people in Kamloops, but in the broader Thompson Nicola region,” says TRHD Chair Peter Milobar.

Interior Health is pleased that the RIH Foundation has pledged to help raise the funds to purchase the new equipment required for the OR.

“We are grateful and thankful to our donors, who have already begun responding to this vital need at our hospital,” says Heidi Coleman, CEO of the RIH Foundation. “I am confident the community will come together to help raise the funds needed to purchase the state-of-the-art equipment for this new OR, which will allow surgeons to perform more procedures and address RIH’s emerging surgical demands.”

For more information about the RIH Foundation’s OR campaign, please visit

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