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Construction phase completed on Penticton hospital tower

Penticton businessman David E. Kampe (middle) receives a ceremonial key to the David E. Kampe Tower to signify service commencement. From left to right: Ben Deeley and Don Quon of EllisDon, Petra Veintimilla (Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District), PRH Chief of Staff Brad Raison, Deb Runge (PRH Acute Care Health Services Director), Carey Bornn (Executive Director, SOS Medical Foundation), Maureen Thomson (PRH Acute Health Services Director), Jason Hui (EllisDon) and Carl Meadows (PRH Health Services Administrator).
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December 18, 2018 - 12:17 PM

PENTICTON - A major milestone in the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion took place earlier this week as the project’s contractors marked substantial completion of the building.

A symbolic presentation of keys took place on Dec. 15 signifying the three-year, $312 million project’s completion of the construction phase, according to an Interior Health media release.

Interior Health employees, physicians and volunteers will start building orientation and training as new equipment, computers, and furniture is installed in the coming months in preparation for the six storey tower’s opening to patients in late April, 2019, the release states.

“We’re thrilled that the David E. Kampe Tower has met this significant milestone,” Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District chair Petra Veintimilla said in the release. “This hospital will enhance the care patients are receiving in Penticton and across the South Okanagan-Similkameen region.”

ElllisDon Infrastructure was selected by Interior Health in 2016 to design, build, partially finance and maintain the David E. Kampe Tower. The contractor will provide maintenance services at the hospital for a 30-year period.

Interior Health says a second phase of renovations will begin following the opening to the tower to expand the existing hospital’s emergency department and renovate the hospital pharmacy and material stores.

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