Health officials expect newly-completed renovations at the Pemberton Health Centre to more than update the look and feel of the facility, but benefit patient care with its improved design.
West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy and representatives from Vancouver Coastal Health and the Sea to Sky Regional Hospital District were on hand Oct. 15 for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $703,000 renovation.
“This is great news for residents in Pemberton and the surrounding areas,” Sturdy said in a release. “Providing a more efficient and modernized environment for staff translates into a better experience of care for patients and their families.”
The 9,580-square-foot health centre was originally constructed in 1977, with expansions in 1984 and 1992.
The renovations redesigned the existing space to reduce the overcrowding of equipment and supplies, and to allow for better patient flow through common areas. Vancouver Coastal Health said staff can now better focus on patient care thanks to the larger, more efficient lab space, improved main hallway and emergency areas and necessary upgrades to the telephone system.
“I’m very pleased that this much needed project is now complete,” said Susie Gimse, chair of the Sea to Sky Regional Hospital District. “The upgrades to the Pemberton Health Centre will enhance the health care experience for all and improve the working environment for health care staff.”
The health centre serves residents of Pemberton, Mt. Currie, N’Quatqua (D’Arcy), Birken and the lower Stl’atl’imx communities. Services include public health, mental health and home care services, a primary care clinic, 24/7 emergency care services, x-ray and laboratory services.
The Province, in partnership with the Sea to Sky Regional Hospital District, funded the renovation. Additional money was provided by Vancouver Coastal Health to upgrade the phone system and flooring throughout the building.