Funding requested for hospital

Summerland council pushing for provincial help on hospital expansion.

Members of Summerland’s municipal council would like the province to help fund a hospital expansion in Penticton.

Mayor Janice Perrino said Summerland officials met with the provincial health minister at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention last week.

Perrino said the existing hospital was build 60 years ago to serve a population of 10,500. It now serves more than 90,000 people.

“We are grossly undersized,” she said. “We are running over capacity on a regular basis. We need an expansion.”

The expansion project has an estimated cost of $300 million.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has agreed to pay 40 per cent of the cost, or $120 million and the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation has agreed to raise $20 million.