LETHBRIDGE: The provincial government has chosen a design team to lead a multi-million dollar expansion at Chinook Regional Hospital - the first such initiative since it opened in 1988.
The $112.7 million project was awarded to Perkins and Will, a Vancouver-based architectural and engineering firm with 27 years experience in the industry. The company's most recent projects include developing the Foothills Medical Center's McCaig Tower and the South Campus projects in Calgary.
"It's very exciting," says hospital vice-president Teri Myhre of this next step that brings them closer to construction. "We've been in this planning process for about eight to 10 years - it started a long time ago."
The project will begin with re-developing the space that was formerly the cancer center to accommodate double the number of day procedures at the hospital. Next, they'll add a brand new multi-storey fourth wing to the facility, which will include more room for out-patient services, women's health, day surgery procedures, and a neonatal unit. Finally, they'll renovate their emergency department.
Myhre says the construction shouldn't have a negative effect on services while the work is going on.
"Because we have vacant space to be able to expand services into, there won't be a lot of shifting initially," she says. "Then once we do the addition of the new wing, we'll be able to develop the space and transfer patient care areas in."
Myhre says the addition is greatly needed to keep pace with Southern Alberta's growing population. Administrators will start a planning process - that will include input from the community and hospital stakeholders - this month. They plan to have the project completed in 2015.
Photo by Country 95 News: Hospital vice-president Teri Myhre speaks to reporters in Lethbridge Tuesday.