The Government of British Columbia in Canada has announced that Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Tower at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) will open in July this year.

The construction phase of the tower is now complete.

The new nine-storey tower has been designed with direct input from local health-care workers.

With one main entrance, the tower will feature single-patient rooms with washrooms along with large spaces for families.

It will also include more beds, surgical services suite, a new operating room, respiratory therapy services, a mental-health and substance-use inpatient unit, medical surgical inpatient units, and a new rooftop helipad.

Additionally, the new tower will have obstetrical services, child and adolescent mental-health services, labour, delivery and a neo-natal intensive-care unit.

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Once open, the new facility will benefit people in Kamloops as well as Thompson, Cariboo and Shuswap regions.

Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown said: “Today marks a new era at Royal Inland Hospital as Interior Health takes possession of the new Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Tower.

“Patients throughout the region will receive the highest standard of care in one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced hospitals in B.C.”

After the tower opens, phase two will begin that will involve renovation and expansion to the emergency department at the hospital and other works.

The project cost is nearly C$417m ($334.24m), with C$203.5m provided by provincial government.

Thompson Regional Hospital District, the RIH Foundation and Interior Health contributed C$172m, C$20m and C$21.6m respectively.

In 2018, Interior Health appointed EllisDon to design, construct, partially finance and maintain the new tower.

Thompson Regional Hospital District chair and Kamloops mayor Ken Christian said: “We are thrilled that the Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Tower at RIH has met this significant milestone. This is an important project for everyone throughout our region.

“Our city has been through a lot and we are looking forward to seeing the positive impact this hospital tower will have on the care of patients in Kamloops and across the region in the years to come.”