Patients get better care with newly approved capital funding

May 14, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE:

Victoria, BC –- Patients across the Capital Region will benefit after the Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) Board approved funding of over $5 million today to support capital projects that improve and upgrade the region’s health care facilities.  

The 2014/15 funding from the CRHD includes $3.75 million for a wide range of minor capital replacements and upgrades in the region’s hospitals and residential care facilities, including energy efficiency measures. The CRHD also approved $1.29 million in capital funding to support a microbiology laboratory automation project at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

The $4.3 million lab automation project, cost-shared 70 percent by Island Health and 30 percent by CRHD, will enhance patient safety and care and help patients get home sooner.

“Through our strategic investments in healthcare capital projects, we will be able to continue to ensure top notch care and service is provided to patients within our region,” said CRHD Board Chair, Denise Blackwell. “We are pleased to partner with Island Health to help our residents stay healthy and maintain the best quality of life possible.”

Identifying the cause of infections quickly is critical to make sure patients receive the best treatment and to prevent the spread of infections to others. The new automated system in the microbiology lab will take digital photos as cultures grow. This will allow lab staff to identify the bacteria much sooner so the patient can be put on the right medication or taken off one they don’t need. The equipment, scheduled to be installed in the fall of 2014, will also reduce errors and staff workload by standardizing and automating the process used to grow the cultures.

“Island Health is very grateful to the CRHD for its contribution. With this support, we will be able do more tests in our microbiology lab every day and significantly shorten the turnaround times for lab results – but most importantly, we can help patients get better faster and get home to their families,” said  Island Health CEO Dr. Brendan Carr. “We also know that more reliable, quicker results will improve our use of antibiotics so we can do our part to reduce the emergence of new strains of antibiotic resistant organisms.”

Working with Island Health, the CRHD supports a healthy region by investing in healthcare service and capital strategic priorities.

The CRHD is committed to improving and sustaining the Region’s health infrastructure through its funding partnership with Island Health.  Maintaining the quality of healthcare facilities in the Capital Region supports the health needs of residents, and ensures healthcare professionals have the best available facilities and equipment to provide optimum care.

Island Health provides health care and support services to more than 765,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea and the Johnstone Strait, and mainland communities north of Powell River. With more than 18,000 staff, 1,900 physician partners, 6,000 volunteers, and the dedicated support of foundations, auxiliaries and regional hospital districts, Island Health delivers a broad range of health services, including: public health services, primary health care, home and community care, mental health and addictions services, acute care in hospitals, and more across a large, geographically diverse region.

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Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
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Sarah Plank, Media Relations Manager
Island Health
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