Open house draws visitors to new Phil and Jennie Gaglardi tower at RIH

New RIH tower opening

The Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Tower at Royal Inland Hospital welcomed in members of the community on Saturday for a first look at the new addition.

The $417 million project has been under construction at the hospital since 2018.

Interior Health's Kevin Parnell, communications consultant for capital planning and projects, said the new building gives patients more space for their stay.

“There's room for families to gather, patient rooms are big, they have their own washrooms, and there's even places that a loved one could spend the night in that room with their person who is in the hospital,” Parnell told Castanet Kamloops.

He said several different services currently operating out of the existing hospital site will be moving into the new tower in the coming weeks.

Vince Croswell, a visitor to Saturday’s open house, said he is looking forward to seeing it open in conjunction with the rest of the hospital.

“It's interesting to see it now when it's a semi-finished stage and it'd be interesting to see how they incorporate all this into the old building as well,” Croswell said.

According to Parnell, the new tower is equipped with new operating rooms and surgical services, as well as mental health floors for youth and adults.

“There's just a variety of different services like that in the tower, all the services in the tower are moving in from the existing building so staff and new equipment will move into the tower from the existing facility,” Parnell said.

Maureen Thomas, a retired physician who took a tour of the new facilities, said she is impressed with the finished product.

“It's quite beautiful, open and very modern,” Thomas said.

“All the latest technology is quite impressive.”

According to Interior Health, the new nine-storey hospital tower will be open to patients on July 18.

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