For the seventh year, the Kootenay East Regional Hospital District Board has re-elected John Kettle as Chair.
“I am grateful for the continued support of this Board and look forward to continuing to build on our positive relationship with Interior Health in the coming year,” said Kettle. “Last year at this time, we were advocating for a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. Today that project is a reality and I look forward to seeing construction get underway in the coming months.”
The KERHD has committed $8 million to the ICU project, which represents 40 per cent of the project cost.
Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher has been re-elected as Acting Chair for a third term. “I’ve learned a lot over the past two years and would like to thank the board once again for its support and confidence in my abilities,” said McKerracher.
The Kootenay East Regional Hospital District provides up to 40 per cent capital funding for acute care facilities in the region for equipment and facility construction and renovation.
The Hospital District extends beyond the boundaries of the RDEK to include the Towns of Golden and Creston, and the portions of the Regional Districts of Central Kootenay and Columbia Shuswap surrounding those municipalities.