NEWS RELEASE · 27th July 2010
Northern Health and North West Regional Hospital District representatives were on hand today to celebrate the official opening of the expansion and renovation of Terraceview Lodge. The expansion of this facility has expanded health services for seniors who require 24 hour a day nursing care.
The Government of British Columbia, Northern Health and the North West Regional Hospital District were partners in the facility expansion and renovation of Terraceview Lodge, which is now home to 44 new and replacement residential care beds.
“With additional residential care beds being added, and existing rooms being renovated to modern standards, Terraceview Lodge is a place that seniors in the North-West can be proud to call home,” said Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon. “Across British Columbia, we have added a total of 13,780 new and replacement beds since 2001.”
Funding and support for the $15 million renovation and expansion came from:
• Government of British Columbia through its capital funding allocation to Northern Health: $9 million and;
• Northwest Regional Hospital District, $6 million
“The North West Regional Hospital District is pleased to partner with Northern Health to improve the care of seniors in our region” said Cress Farrow, chair of the North West Regional Hospital District. “Collaboration allows us to dedicate the resources deliver health care in an efficient manner. “
With the 44 new and replacement residential care beds the expanded and renovated Terraceview Lodge meets up-to-date standards for the highest quality residential care. The expansion resulted in a net increase of 19 beds which includes 16 residential care beds and 3 palliative suites. For patients who require only a short-term stay, five new respite beds were integrated into the 25 replacement beds.
“Among Northern Health’s strategic directions is the provision of integrated accessible health services in our communities,” said Cam McIntyre, Northern Health Board Member. “The expansion of Terraceview lodge has improved the quality and broadened the spectrum of services available to seniors in our region.”
Residents receive around the clock nursing care in a home-like environment benefit from these improved beds. This expansion also resulted in improvements to full wheel chair accessibility within the facility, appropriate space for clients and caregivers, and the ability to include patient lifts and support devices.