Penticton Regional Hospital staff ready to go to work as the David E. Kampe Tower’s second phase upgrade to the emergency department opens. (Interior Health - Submitted)

Penticton Regional Hospital staff ready to go to work as the David E. Kampe Tower’s second phase upgrade to the emergency department opens. (Interior Health - Submitted)

Penticton Regional Hospital emergency department upgrades complete

The David E. Kampe Tower project is now finished

After two years, the final phase of Penticton Regional Hospital’s David E. Kampe Tower project is finished with the new emergency department renovation.

The department’s upgrades include a new minor treatment area, dedicated space for patients to receive private consultation and for mental health and substance abuse treatment, more exam bays, a new team care station, medication room and kitchen area.

Work on the new emergency department has taken place in several phases while the department remained open to patients. Several areas of the emergency department were completed earlier this year, including a new waiting room, patient registration area, trauma rooms and exam bays.

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A new ambulance entrance is also now operational, along with a new holding and canopy area, which will provide a private and covered area to make patient transfers safer and more private, and save valuable minutes when needed most.

“This is excellent news for Penticton and area residents,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “We know the community is eager for this expansive project to be complete, and we’re proud to now be able to offer an enhanced and expanded emergency department to meet the growing needs of the region.”

The emergency department renovation is part of Phase 2 of the David E. Kampe Tower Project, which also included the opening of a new hospital pharmacy and renovations to various supply areas. The six-storey David E. Kampe Tower and associated parkade opened in April 2019.

The total project cost of $312.5 million was shared between the provincial government, Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District, South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation and Interior Health.

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