The $367 million Interior Heart and Surgical Centre (IHSC) Project is an important part of building patient care in the Interior – including new patient care towers at KGH and VJH and the development of UBC’s Southern Medical Program – and will bring to $800 million the total capital investment in the Central and North Okanagan since 2007.
The IHSC will benefit patients across the health authority by being able to provide the highest level of medical care ever seen in the Interior in an integrated critical care facility supported by a full range of clinical supports closer to where people live.
The IHSC’s state of the art inpatient surgical unit, combined with the cardiac revascularization program, will save lives by providing timely, life-saving therapies and surgeries to residents of the Southern Interior who previously would have had to be transported to the coast.
Support services will be enhanced, including cardiac, surgical and intensive care units, a new and expanded central sterilization reprocessing department and expanded diagnostic imaging, pharmacy and materials management departments.
In addition, a new modern adult psychiatry inpatient unit, updated medical inpatient unit, and ophthalmology department have been created in the new KGH Centennial Building, along with an expanded laboratory and clinical departments in the new Dr. Walter Anderson Building.
Interior Health also provides comprehensive resources on how to identify the warning signs of a heart attack, the road to recovery for heart attack patients, and what cardiac services and programs are available to Interior Health residents.
The IHSC Project is a partnership between the BC Ministry of Health, Interior Health, the Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District and Plenary Health.
Q: When did the first open heart procedure take place?
A: December 2012.
Q: Where will the surgical program be housed until the IHSC opens?
A: Cardiac surgery will take place in two dedicated Operating Rooms in the Strathcona Building at Kelowna General Hospital. There will also be a six-bed Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSICU) and a 14-bed Cardiac Surgery Inpatient (CSIP) ward.
Q: How many open heart surgeries will be done annually?
A: Approximately 600 surgeries per year will be performed.
Q: Are there any cardiac surgeries that will not be done in Kelowna? In what situations will patients still have to go to the Coast for treatment?
A: Heart transplants and pediatric (child) cardiac surgeries will not be performed at KGH.
Q: How is having a cardiac surgery program in Interior Health going to benefit my community?
A: Residents of Interior Health who require heart surgery will now be provided care closer to home. Having a cardiac surgery program in Interior Health means improved access to services for diagnosing and treating heart disease. It also decreases the burden of traveling great distances, away from family and other supports, to receive care. Cardiac surgery will be more timely and there will be greater access to regional medical and clinical staff. This will improve the coordination of patient- and family-centered care within the Southern Interior.
Q: How many new staff and physicians will be involved in the cardiac surgery program?
A: The Cardiac Surgery Program will involve over 85 medical and clinical staff, including surgeons, cardiac anaesthetists, perfusionists, clinical nursing staff, anaesthesia assistants and support staff.
Q: How many cardiac surgeons will be working in the program?
A: There are three surgeons currently working in the program, with 4-5 surgeons in total over time.
Q: What additional education will be required at other Interior Health sites to support the program?
A: The Interior Health program will have pre-surgical screening and referral processes, which reflect greater regional coordination of services. Pre-printed orders may change slightly from the way they were done before. Sites will be consulted to discuss educational requirements and processes.
Q: How many PCI procedures are done at KGH?
A: About 1,000 procedures per year are performed, primarily on Southern Interior residents.
Q: How successful has the PCI program been since it started?
A: We are saving lives, saving money, and saving financial and emotional hardship by delivering treatment to patients from communities throughout the Southern Interior.
Q: How many interventional cardiologists are working in the program?
A: There are three interventional cardiologists who perform PCIs (angioplasties).