BURNABY - The ventilation and air-handling system at Burnaby Hospital is being upgraded to improve air flow for patient safety and comfort.
The project, consisting of upgrades to the ventilation and air-handling systems, will result in a more comfortable hospital environment for patients. The upgrades will also increase infection-control measures. Air change is important for respiratory health, and upgrading the system means a more energy efficient way for clean air to move throughout the facility.
The project is a routine capital investment, and the total project cost of $193,000 will be funded by the government of British Columbia.
The ventilation and air-handling system upgrades are planned to be completed by February 2013.
Since 2001, more than $7 billion has been spent on health-capital projects in British Columbia. Over the next three years, British Columbia's health-care system will benefit from investments, including new medical equipment and modernized health facilities as part of a $2.3-billion health-sector capital plan.
Minister of Health, Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid -
"Our health-care facilities change, upgrade and improve in response to community needs. Focusing on targeted upgrades, like ventilation, help reduce the risk of infection and put patient priorities first."
Fraser Health president and CEO, Dr. Nigel Murray -
"Improving and upgrading the ventilation system is one important step in a larger framework of expansion, development and improvement at Burnaby Hospital."
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