Teck contributed $2.5 million toward Royal Inland Hospital’s new emergency room, which will feature antimicrobial copper surfaces and equipment to help protect patients and health-care workers
Royal Inland Hospital Foundation and Teck Resources Ltd. celebrated the beginning of construction of the new Teck Emergency Department in the Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Tower at the hospital on Oct. 21 .
The naming of the ER is tied to Teck’s donation of $2.5 million earlier this year.
The new emergency department will feature installation of innovative antimicrobial copper surfaces and equipment to help protect patients and health-care workers against bacteria that cause infection.
“Teck is proud to support better health outcomes at Royal Inland Hospital through our contribution to the new Tech Emergency Department,” Teck executive vice-chair Dona Lindsay said. “The installation of antimicrobial copper surfaces will enhance safety for patients, health care workers and visitors in this state-of-the-art department.”
The donation builds on more than 25 years of support to Royal Inland Hospital Foundation by Teck and its employees at Highland Valley Copper mine near Logan Lake.
The contribution is part of a series of contributions to install antimicrobial copper surfaces in numerous institutions across B.C., including Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Science World, Vancouver International Airport, Lions Gate Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital and Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.
“Interior Health deeply appreciates Teck’s generous contribution and partnership on this innovative project that will provide better health care for patients and a modernized workspace for our hard-working health-care teams,” said Diane Shendruk, vice-president of clinical operations for Interior Health North. “This is an exciting time for Royal Inland Hospital.”