A local equipment rental company has ponied up half a million dollars to support Royal Inland Hospital’s patient care tower expansion project, which is currently under construction behind the three-year-old clinical services building.
Warner Rentals announced the donation, which is the local business’ largest gift to the hospital to date, on Wednesday.
“My children were born [at RIH], my mom fought cancer there ... it’s the heartbeat of our city and we have to make it better,” said Warner Rentals owner Ralph Warner. “We have a massive opportunity with this new tower and we have to do our best for the care of future generations.”
The $500,000 gift is being put toward the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation’s fundraising efforts to purchase equipment for the new patient care tower. Alisa Coquet, campaign director for the RIH Foundation said they intend to raise more than $20 million for that equipment.
“It’s a huge expansion, so there’s lots of departments the money will go towards,” Coquet said, noting the need to stock new operating theatres and a maternity ward with things like ultrasound and x-ray machines.
The RIH Foundation met its fundraising goal of $4 million for the project in the last fiscal year and are well on their way to reaching the goal of $5 million in 2019-2020, Coquet told KTW. Warner said there will be more funding coming from his company, as the new patient care tower expansion comes to fruition.
“We work hard and make intentional decisions in order to benefit this community, and that’s what this $500,000 donation to RIH Foundation is all about,” he said in the release.
The $417-million expansion will include 42 underground parking spaces, 157 surface parking spots and a rooftop heliport.
The project is expected to be completed by spring 2022 and will open in the summer. Construction on the project is moving along with most of the digging work on site having been completed, Coquet said.
Crews also completed the first major concrete pour on one of the parking levels that will form the basement of the tower.
Work is continuing on the foundation and the footings that will support the tower and, over the next several months, the structure will begin to rise as concrete is poured to form the different levels of the tower.