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.

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.

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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).

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