No decision made yet regarding Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Sustainability Project

The West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District wants additional information and consultation before making a decision on the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Sustainability Project.

Chair Marguerite Rotvold says IH requested the board commit to the 1st phase of funding, without a commitment from the Ministry of Health or Treasury Board to follow up on funding of the 2nd or 3rd phase of the project.

She says IH feels it's a priority to start the process.

The first phase would include electrical upgrades and emergency upgrades.

The cost for the first phase has been pegged at 19 million dollars, 2 years ago the whole project cost was estimated at 40 million dollars.

The issue will likely come back to the board in November. 

Meanwhile the KBRH Health Foundation has indicated that they'll raise one million dollars for the project.