Halfway there

The final steel beam is lifted into place for the six-storey David E. Kampe Tower on Friday. The six-storey tower is phase one of the $312.5-million patient care tower project.

Penticton Regional Hospital is celebrating the completion of the concrete phase of the new David E. Kampe Tower.

The six-storey tower is phase one of the $312.5-million patient care tower project.

It will encompass a new ambulatory care centre, five new operating rooms, a rooftop helipad and space for the UBC faculty of medicine to expand.

“Today we are celebrating much more than a building, we are celebrating the people that worked hard to make this project possible,” said Dr. Doug Cochrane, Interior Health board chair.

Staff, physicians, volunteers and community members signed their names on an eight-foot steel beam, which was hoisted into its permanent position in the tower Friday morning.

The next phase of the project will include renovations to vacated areas in the existing hospital to allow for an expanded emergency department and renovations to the pharmacy, stores and laundry area.

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