Interior Health to improve local infrastructure

CCRHD approves $416,000 for nursing station renovation, tech upgrades and Fischer Place addition

  • Jan. 26, 2017 12:00 p.m.

The 100 Mile District Hospital and Fischer Place/Mill Site Lodge will see upgrades soon, thanks to funding approval from the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD).

The CCRHD board approved multiple funding requests from Interior Health at their meeting Jan. 13. The funding requests will see $416,000 go towards several projects, including a nursing station renovation and a physiological monitoring system at the 100 Mile House District Hospital, various information management and technology projects and funding towards the expansion of Fischer Place.

“Interior Health is really grateful to the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District for their ongoing support for our health initiatives,” says Peter du Toit, the health services administrator for acute care for the Thompson Cariboo Region.

Of the $416,000, $250,000 will go towards improvements at the hospital as well as technology updates throughout the district.

The current nursing station will see a renovation meant to improve privacy and safety, as well as to “enhance the environment” for both staff and patients.

Currently, du Toit says the station is an open type of environment that needs improvement.

Also included in the addition to the hospital will be a physiological monitoring system. The system will allow nurses and doctors the ability to electronically monitor a patient’s vital signs on a screen without having to manually take each measurement. The current machine used by the hospital is from 2003.

“Based on the way technology has changed, this will be a tremendous benefit to providing quality patient care,” says du Toit. “It will be excellent to be able to have that information right away without having to go to the bedside and actually take pulses and monitor blood pressure.”

The money will also go towards improving the “telehealth” equipment used by hospitals in the CCRHD. This allows local physicians to contact others for advice or to determine if patients need to be transferred. The new system will also allow patients and doctors to connect with specialists at the BC Children’s Hospital or elsewhere, avoiding having to make the trip down to the coast.

Currently, the district mainly uses telephone for assistance, but the upgrades will see an improvement in the phone system, as well as a move towards using more video.

“It is important that in many cases we can avoid the need to transfer patients. In many cases, if we can provide that service closer to home, that is one of the objectives of the health authority – quality care closer to home,” says du Toit.

The remaining $166,000 from the CCRHD will go towards the addition of 14 new beds at Fischer Place that will fill unused expansion space at the facility. The beds are due to open this spring and the funding will go towards the cost of equipment and other operating costs associated with the addition.

“Every meeting we have had with Interior Health has always included a discussion regarding this unused space, so it is nice to see this come to fruition,” says Margo Wagner, the newly elected chair of the CCRHD.

The funding approvals are part of annual requests made by Interior Health to the hospital district.

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