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PRPA makes its largest local healthcare investment to date

Saturday, 04 February 2023 | 01:00

Two North Coast healthcare facilities – Prince Rupert Regional Hospital and Acropolis Manor – are furnished with 61 new hospital beds, bringing a much higher level of comfort and accessibility for patients, long-term care residents, and staff. The beds were replaced through a partnership between the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Community Investment Fund and the North Coast Health Improvement Society (NCHIS) as part of both organizations’ ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of healthcare for people living in the region.

The new hospital beds offer a suite of features that make them safer, more efficient, and capable of accommodating people with a wide range of physical needs. Equipped with two sets of controls, the beds easily lower to the ground, helping prevent falls as patients get in-and-out. Conversely, the beds also rise to meet the individual heights of healthcare providers, reducing the number of repetitive stress injuries incurred while attending to patients. Additionally, a single mechanism is required to lock the beds in place, whereas the old beds required four separate locks to keep them from moving. The new beds are also easily adjustable and capable of fitting two different sizes of mattresses, to best suit the needs of the patient.

“This project helps modernize our local healthcare facilities, enables a greater standard of care for people receiving treatment here in our community, and improves the working environment for the dedicated staff who provide that care,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority.

“The Bed Replacement project would not have been possible without the generous support of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund, which fully aligns with our endeavours to purchase equipment and support programs that enhance health and wellness for people in our region,” said Stefan Delloch, President, North Coast Health Improvement Society.

PRPA’s Community Investment Fund provided $150,000 towards this $300,000 project. DP World Prince Rupert, Trigon Pacific Terminals, and ILWU also made significant contributions to the total. Over the past decade, PRPA has committed more than $570,000 to projects that enhance and upgrade Prince Rupert Regional Hospital and Acropolis Manor, including:

  • Enhanced Cancer Care Unit: $100,000
  • Cancer Screening Scope Guide: $35,260
  • X-Ray Machine Replacement: $69,750
  • Orthopedic Surgical Equipment: $60,500
  • In-patient Bathtub Upgrade: $45,500
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound Machine Upgrade: $72,500
  • Palliative Care Upgrades: $36,500
    Source: Prince Rupert Port Authority

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