Interior Health (IH) is hopeful that construction will start this spring on a much anticipated project at the Arrow Lakes Hospital in Nakusp. An Invitation to Bid has been released for a general contractor to oversee construction for the redevelopment of the emergency department (ED).

Detailed design of the upgrades was done by Nelson-based Cover Architecture Collaborative. Highlights of the project will include a dedicated triage  area; two new trauma bays; renovated patient exam bays; new utility rooms; and an enclosed multi-purpose meeting room.

Floor plan (Image: Interior Health)

Construction should take roughly one year and be done in phases to ensure ongoing care is provided at the site.

The project is being funded through the Ministry of Health and the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District. IH adds the Arrow Lakes Hospital Foundation and the Arrow Lakes Health Care Auxiliary Society are exploring opportunities to support these important enhancements to the ED.