According to The Nanaimo News Bulletin, the B.C. government plans to give Nanaimo’s hospital a major upgrade.
Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health, announced Wednesday that the government will build a brand-new intensive care unit at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for a cost of $33.85 million.
The new intensive care unit will be located south of NRGH’s emergency department and will be three times the size of the existing facility.
Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog called the announcement extremely important for the city.
According to the province, visits to the Nanaimo hospital’s ICU are expected to reach nearly 2,500 in 2018, and is anticipate to grow to approximately 3,250 visits by 2033.
The project is a cost-sharing agreement between the province, Nanaimo Regional Hospital District and the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. It is expected to be open to the public in 2021.