The construction company that has been chosen to redevelop the emergency department and intensive care unit at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital will also be constructing a new kitchen at the hospital.
Northern Health announced Sept. 3 that construction of a new kitchen will begin this fall.
True Construction Ltd. of Kamloops, the team working on the larger emergency department and intensive care unit project, will begin construction of the modern kitchen facilities this month, and the work is expected to be completed in April 2021.
The new 277-square-metre kitchen will provide better space and flow for the work of preparing and providing meal services to patients at G.R. Baker Hospital, according to a news release from Northern Health.
The existing kitchen space has not been significantly renewed since the construction of the hospital in 1955.
“The construction of the new kitchen at G.R. Baker Hospital, along with the recently announced hospital expansion project, represent another great partnership between the Province, Northern Health and local taxpayers,” Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD) Chair Bob Simpson said in the release. “These improvements will better serve patients, and provide the staff with an efficient and effective space to work.”
The project value is $5 million and is being cost-shared between the provincial government ($2.36 million), the CCRHD ($2 million) and Northern Health Authority ($0.64 million).
Northern Health anticipates disruption to the hospital’s foods services program will be minimal during the construction period, as the existing kitchen will remain functional.