Interior Health has shortlisted three teams as it seeks a qualified proponent for the Patient Care Tower Project at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. The preferred proponent will be responsible for designing, building, partially financing, and maintaining the new tower.
“A new patient care tower at Royal Inland Hospital is a top priority for our government and during my recent visit to Kamloops I reaffirmed our commitment to get this facility built,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “Today’s milestone brings us another step closer to enhancing public health care in the region.”
Four teams responded to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which closed on July 26, 2017. The following companies (in alphabetical order) were shortlisted based on their design and construction experience and financial capacity to deliver a project of the magnitude envisioned for RIH.
- EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare
- Inter-River Healthcare Partners
- Plenary PCL Health
Later this month a Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued, which will ask the shortlisted teams to prepare proposals based on specifications outlined by the project team. It is anticipated that a preferred proponent will be selected in fall 2018, with construction on the patient care tower to follow.
“Interior Health is committed to quality patient care for residents in Kamloops and the surrounding areas,” said Dr. Doug Cochrane, Interior Health Board Chair. “Our project team continues to work hard to ensure the competitive selection process runs smoothly and I’d like to thank them for their ongoing hard work.”
The patient care tower is Phase 1 of the Patient Care Tower Project. Phase II of the project involves renovations to the existing hospital building, which includes expansion of the emergency department and post-anesthetic recovery department, and enhancements to the pediatric unit and the morgue. The preferred proponent will be asked to design, build, partially finance, and maintain the patient care tower and provide design and construction management services for Phase II renovations.
“I am delighted that the procurement process is progressing on schedule,” said Ronaye Elliott, acting chair for Thompson Regional Hospital District. “The patient care tower represents an important investment in health care for the community of Kamloops and the surrounding region.”
The total budget for the entire project, including both phases, is $417 million with the province of British Columbia and Interior Health contributing $225 million, the Thompson Regional Hospital District contributing $172 million and the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation contributing $20 million.
“Eric Davis, RIH Foundation Board Chair, and I are excited to meet with people across the region to put together our campaign team and begin working towards our goal of $20 million,” said Heidi Coleman, chief executive officer of the RIH Foundation. “We are thrilled to partner in one of the largest health care investments our community has ever seen.”
Construction on the patient care tower is expected to begin in fall 2018, with the tower opening for patients in 2022.