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New care facility to be built

Complex care beds in Salmon Arm are being increased to the tune of 71.

Shuswap MLA George Abbott announced last week that a contract for the new publicly funded residential care beds has been awarded to inSite Housing, Hospitality & Health Services (inSite).

 

“The contract signing is great news for Salmon Arm,” said Abbott. “I’m looking forward to having the new beds built so that we can help keep more families closer together when a loved one must enter residential care.”

 

Interior Health received six submissions in response to the request for proposals for the design, construction and operation of the new beds.

Karen Bloemink, Interior Health’s regional director of residential service, says the health region has partnered with inSite in other communities but not Salmon Arm.

“We will have evaluated everyone’s proposals with an objective set of criteria, not based on what they can do for us in other locations,” she says of the facility that will be built at 100 Fifth Ave. SE, in behind Shuswap Day Care. “It’s not based on what we liked or didn’t like in other locations.”

Bloemink says IH will be a funding partner and will also have a role in ensuring inSite delivers services to the standards required by the health authority.

That being said, board chair Norm Embree notes IH has a good working relationship with inSite.

 

“We’re glad to be in a situation where we continue that relationship and embark on new projects together that will benefit the community of Salmon Arm,” he said.

 

The project received initial support at Monday’s planning meeting and will go to next Monday’s council meeting for first and second reading. A public hearing will take place two weeks later.

 

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