The Kootenay East Regional Hospital District will have to wait to find out when four outstanding projects at East Kootenay Regional Hospital will be finished.
Chair Dean McKerracher says they have funding in place to cover up to 40% of the projects costs, though the amount has not yet been determined.
Interior Health claims they don’t have the staff in place to conduct a study to see if any, or how many of four departments would fit in the space on the roof of the ICU unit.
“The project is for the oncology, dialysis, lab and pharmacy. They’re out of space, they need to expand those four facilities,” says McKerracher. “When we built the ICU unit, we built it with a cement roof so we could expand on the roof.”
The study could be delayed until 2019.
The delay is being caused by Interior Health staff shortages and resources dedicated to a number of projects in the Okanagan.
McKerracher says “[he] finds that difficult because it’s one project. How many projects have the got going up there [Okanagan] and can’t manage more than one project?”
Interior Health says they’ll try to move ahead as soon as possible.
The Hospital District says action is needed now.
– Dean McKerracher – Chair, Kootenay East Regional Hospital District