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Eight public health facilities combine in Kelowna's new Interior Health building

Left to right: Norm Letnick, MLA Kelowna-Lake Country; Brian Hagerman, VP Investment Management, Bentall Kennedy; Erwin Malzer, Interior Health Board Chair; Colin Basran, City of Kelowna Mayor; and Steve Thomson, MLA Kelowna-Mission.
Image Credit: Contributed/Interior Health

KELOWNA - The public is one step closer to accessing the new Interior Health building located in downtown Kelowna. 

Officials from Bentall Kennedy presented Interior Health with a ceremonial key representing the handover of the Community Health and Services Centre, according to a media release.

The new facility combines services like public health, home health, chronic disease management, mental health and substance use, preschool speech and audiology and administrative services will all be housed in the new building. The services that were previously separate, will now be under one roof, the release says.

“In addition to housing more than 800 Interior Health employees, the Community Health and Services Centre will provide more than 54,000 square feet of space to meet the needs of clients accessing health-care services in the local community,” Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick says in the release. “This model not only benefits patients, but makes good use of our tax dollars, by coordinating care in one centralized location.”

Orientation and scheduled moves are the next step. Office furniture, computers, and clinical equipment will be relocated over the next three months.

The building is set to open December 2016.

“We are pleased to have been involved in this building,” Gail Given, Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District chair says in the release. “The creation of this building has helped our communities even before its doors opened, through the creation of 325 jobs.” 

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