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Clinic project gets a booster shot

July 29, 2016 1:23 P.M.

A new health clinic at Sun Peaks got a shot in the arm, a $100,000 grant announced Friday by Health Minister Terry Lake.

The grant will assist the Mountain Resort Municipality of Sun Peaks to outfit the new community health centre with medical equipment, supplies and furniture.

“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.

The project was to have started in May, but the municipality had to go back to the drawing board to revise the design. They are still aiming for completion by late fall.

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.”

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. In addition, they have committed to continuing to fundraise this summer in order to furnish the building with modern equipment and supplies to meet range of services. The equipment fundraising goal is $400,000.

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