hospital upgrade

The current entrance to the SOGH emergency room from inside the hospital is due to be replaced with a more private way in.

Abbotsford-based Mierau Contractors has been selected as the general contractor for a $1.3-million upgrade of the emergency department at South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver.

Improvements will include developing a new waiting and triage area, a quiet room for families, a separate emergency department entrance and the relocation of admitting and administration services.

Once complete, patients requiring emergency treatment will access the emergency room from a separate entrance, ensuring privacy. The project will also include new exterior signage to improve wayfinding to the emergency department.

The emergency department will remain open during the renovations, which will be begin this month and are expected to be complete next winter.

Mierau Contractors was selected after a competitive tender process. Designs were done by Stantec Consulting in partnership with site staff and physicians.

The original $970,000 construction budget is being split 60-40 by the B.C. government and Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District, respectively.

Since that original budget was created, the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation committed to raising $280,000 to expand the scope of the project, including a new nursing station and private area for doctors to consult with specialists.

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