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Milestone marked as patient-care tower reaches its nine-storey height

While following COVID-19 safety protocols, RIH staff and others in the community were invited last week to sign a 12-foot steel beam before it was hoisted and placed in its permanent location.
Mike O'Reilly RIH
Kamloops Coun. Mike O'Reilly was among those invited to sign the steel beam that was placed atop the nine-storey patient-care tower under construction at Royal Inland Hospital.

The new patient-care tower under construction at Royal Inland Hospital has reached a milestone as crews have completed laying the concrete phase of the project.

The tower has reached its full nine-storey height and will now enter the structural steel phase. The building is expected to be completed by the summer of 2022.

While following COVID-19 safety protocols, RIH staff and others in the community were invited last week to sign a 12-foot steel beam before it was hoisted and placed in its permanent location.

“Watching the patient-care tower progress since construction began has been uplifting,” said Thompson Regional Hospital District chair and Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian.

The new state-of-the-art tower is a $417-million project that will feature single-patient rooms equipped with their own washrooms, child and adolescent mental-health services, maternal and child health services, respiratory therapy services, surgical suites, a mental-health and substance-use inpatient unit, a rooftop helipad and patient registration and retail space.

Construction began in September 2018.

Phase 2 renovations at RIH will commence shortly after the summer of 2022, including significant renovation and expansion to the emergency department, pediatrics, post-anaesthetic recovery and the morgue.

The project budget is shared between the Ministry of Health ($203 million), Interior Health ($22 million), the Thompson Regional Hospital District ($172 million) and the RIH Foundation ($20 million).