The public is invited to tour the soon-to-open Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Tower at Royal Inland Hospital during an open house on Saturday, June 25.
Public tours of the $417-million, nine-storey building will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The tower is scheduled to open on July 18.
People are invited to drop in throughout the afternoon and tour the building, entering through the new main entrance of the Gaglardi Tower, which is located across from the public parkade. Parking will be free at RIH that day while signage and volunteer guides will be posted to direct visitors.
“While there is no question these are challenging times for Kamloops health care, it’s also clear that this state-of-the-art tower is a facility that Kamloops residents, people across the region and local health-care professionals need and deserve,” said Diane Shendruk, Interior Health’s vice-president of clinical operations.
The tower includes single-patient rooms, each with their own washroom, as well as new operating rooms, mental-health and substance use spaces, new labour and delivery rooms, a neurosciences and trauma unit, a rooftop helipad and more.
The tower also features a cultural mural representing the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, along with the other nations that rely on RIH, including the Métis, Tsilhqot’in, Dãkelh Dené, Nlaka’pamux, Northern St’at’imc and Syilx.
Smudging ceremonies will be able to be hosted in patient rooms throughout the tower.
The tower is a health-care facility and masks will be required to attend the open house.