Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital expansion complete
People in Trail/Rossland are benefiting from better access to care, thanks to the completion of the pharmacy and ambulatory care project at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH).
“The opening of the new ambulatory care space and pharmacy at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital is a significant step forward in our commitment to delivering high-quality care for the people in Kootenay Boundary,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “These modern and improved facilities will not only benefit patients who rely on our services, but will also provide our hardworking health-care workers with a better environment to carry out their vital work.”
The new pharmacy has tripled in size featuring a new patient education room for private consultations and better ventilation spaces making it safer for staff and patients. The new ambulatory care wing was built above the expanded emergency department. Ambulatory care includes procedures for outpatients, such as endoscopies and cystoscopies, and other minor surgical procedures.
“We are thrilled that the residents of the Kootenay region will benefit from the expansions to their hospital,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. “There was strong community support for the development of the pharmacy and ambulatory care project, which is helping provide better care for our community.”
The $38.8-million pharmacy and ambulatory care project was funded by the provincial government, which provided $23.3 million, and the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District, which provided $15.5 million. The KBRH Health Foundation raised a further $1.1 million for current and future needs of the ambulatory care departments.
Construction began in 2020 and includes a new ambulatory care wing, expanded pharmacy, renovated oncology department, a modernized physiotherapy department and an upgraded cast clinic.