Interior Health said the business plan for the Cariboo Memorial Hospital upgrade should be completed by spring of 2019. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Contracts awarded for planning of hospital redevelopment and sacred space at Deni House

Interior Health said it is expected the business plan for the hospital will be completed by spring 2019

  • Oct. 18, 2018 12:00 a.m.

Interior Health has awarded contracts for the Cariboo Memorial Hospital redevelopment and said the business plan should be completed by spring 2019 and ready to submit to the provincial government for consideration.

Earlier this summer, IH issued a request for proposals and awarded four for preliminary design work.

Two contracts were awarded to IBI Group, as the managing consultant and to deliver an indicative design for the redeveloped hospital.

WSP Group was also awarded two contracts, as the mechanical and electrical consultants.

CMH redevelopment proposes to create more functional space for patients and health-care providers, increase capacity to serve more patients and improve the physical environment to bring the hospital up to modern standards of care, IH noted in a press released, noting identified needs for the hospital include improvements to the inpatient unit, maternity, emergency services, ambulatory care and pharmacy.

Space will also be provided for the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Members of IH’s Capital Planning department have been in Williams Lake several times during the summer and fall, meeting with stakeholder groups including staff, physicians, community members and Indigenous groups.

Once Interior Health is approved to proceed to the next step for the project, detailed design, procurement and construction will follow.

Earlier this fall, the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District had hoped the redevelopment plan would be completed by the end of 2018.

Read more: Cariboo Memorial Hospital redevelopment plan should be completed end of 2018

Sacred Space Redevelopment

The Sacred Space at Deni House long-term care in Williams Lake is in the process of being redeveloped with a plan to have a new Sacred Space available for individuals, families and staff by the spring of 2019.

The new sacred space will be located in the Sunshine Room at Deni House, on the grounds of Cariboo Memorial Hospital. This will be a multi-faith room, welcoming to those who are seeking solace in difficult times.

The redevelopment of the sacred space is taking place with input from local First Nations and inter-faith organizations in Williams Lake along with the Interior Health Spiritual and Aboriginal Health programs.

A Sacred Space planning committee will guide the redevelopment, ensuring it is inclusive and welcoming to all people looking for refuge in times of need.

Some of the features of the space will be more natural light, a large space for families and improved access. The space will be able to accommodate traditional Aboriginal smudging ceremonies.

The Sacred Space redevelopment is in line with Interior Health’s vision to integrate various spiritual and religious perspectives along with Aboriginal community perspectives into its patient-centered model of health-care delivery.

Read more: Cariboo Memorial Hospital renovation $100 million-plus project

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