Renovation work at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital is that much closer to completion.

The hospital currently has three operating rooms, two of which will be increased in size. There were will be a slight expansion and an addition of a new mechanical penthouse. The upgrades will increase the potential for a higher capacity of surgeries and provide clients with a more comfortable and private experience.

Mark Balcaen, President and CEO of the hospital, noted that so far, most of the work is not visible to the public.

“So much of the project is actually in the floor and the ceilings. The mechanical, the plumbing, heating, wiring, those type of things. A substantial portion of that is completed. A lot of the finishing touches are just being worked on now. About 70 per cent is completed, but the 30 per cent will take us, we anticipate, by May before it is completed,” he said.

The renovation work of the first of three operating theatres is scheduled be completed by mid-December. Completion for all three operating theatres is targeted for spring or early summer of 2018. The planning of upgrades began in 2008, and work started in December 2016.

The project is estimated to cost over $9.5 million. Originally, a $23-million project was considered, but funding couldn't be attained. Instead, the less expensive project being undertaken now was approved for funding as a Small Hospital Capital Project and is being endorsed by the Local Health Integration Network.

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