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Contractor named for RIH diagnostic imaging renovation

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March 15, 2014 - 10:21 AM

KAMLOOPS – Interior Health is pleased to announce that Delnor Construction has been named the successful proponent for the renovation of a new multipurpose room in the diagnostic imaging department at Royal Inland Hospital.

“This is but one more example of the many investments made in Royal Inland Hospital over the last five years to improve patient outcomes,” says Health Minister Terry Lake.

“Having this expanded and updated equipment and workspace will benefit not only patients, but will also support radiologists and technologists in providing quality care to residents of this region,” says Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone.

“Residents in the Kamloops area that need health services will get enhanced care with the upgraded medical equipment and new multipurpose room at Royal Inland Hospital,” says Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart.

Fluoroscopy is important because it allows physicians to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient. It is used in a variety of ways, such as examination of the gastrointestinal tract, visualization of joints, and assistance with biopsies. The new multipurpose fluoroscopic unit will enable RIH’s radiologists and technologists to perform a wider variety of procedures than is currently available. And, because the new machine has the ability to move around the patient instead of the patient moving to accommodate the machine, the provision of care will be more comfortable and more efficient.

“Interior Health’s priority is the provision of safe, quality patient care to patients in all areas of our health authority. With this project, patients in the Kamloops region will have enhanced access to excellent diagnostic imaging services,” says Interior Health Board Chair Norman Embree.

Interior Health purchased RIH’s new multipurpose fluoroscopic system in an earlier phase of this estimated $1.1 million project, in September 2013. The tender for construction was released on Feb. 20, 2014.

The cost of the renovations and equipment will be cost shared 60/40 between the Province through Interior Health and the Thompson Regional Hospital District.

“The TRHD has partnered in this project because we know that it will benefit all patients in our area, not just Kamloops,” says Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar, Chair of the TRHD. “This is an important addition to the services available at Royal Inland, which plays a crucial role in the provision of health-care services throughout the Thompson region.”

Construction is expected to commence later this spring, with completion anticipated by early summer.

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