SUN PEAKS — A $100,000 grant will help Sun Peaks outfit its new community health centre with medical equipment, supplies and furniture, Health Minister Terry Lake said Friday (July 29, 2016).
Lake held a news conference at the health centre to make the announcement.
“The Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality, Sun Peaks Health Association and the community have been working hard at making their vision of expanded health services for families, residents and tourists a reality,” Lake said.
“In 2014, we supported their work towards a plan for the new centre, and now this funding will help them outfit the centre with high-quality medical equipment, needed supplies and furniture, making the new centre a place that will support the health of Sun Peaks residents and visitors for years to come.”
The Sun Peaks Health Association created a small temporary health centre in 2002 to serve the community. The new facility will be located on the lower floor of a two-storey building of 930 square metres (10,000 sq. ft.) that will house a doctor’s office and examination rooms, as well as other health services, plus a triage area for accidents.
A major component of the health centre will be family doctor services for the communities of Sun Peaks, Whitecroft and the Upper Louis Creek Valley. The upper floor will also house the Sun Peaks ski patrol staff and will be paid for by the Sun Peaks Resort LLP.
“We hope to make our health centre one of the best-equipped small community clinics among mountain resorts in British Columbia,” said Sun Peaks Mayor Al Raine.
“We are focused on tele-medicine equipment that will make it easy for patients to be diagnosed by specialists in major centres while remaining in Sun Peaks.”
The $100,000 grant will be used for medical equipment and furniture, with a scheduled opening in early 2017.
Over the past 14 years, the Sun Peaks Health Association has raised $800,000 to support health services in Sun Peaks and will donate $500,000 to the capital costs of the new health centre.
It will also continue to fundraise this summer in order to furnish the building with equipment and. The equipment fundraising goal is $400,000.