Kelowna General Hospital

Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) is a large medical facility located in Kelowna, British Columbia operated by Interior Health and offers medical care in the Central Okanagan. In British Columbia, Kelowna General is the only hospital outside the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island that performs angioplasty or cardiac surgery.[2] It is one of the largest hospitals in Western Canada with more than 700 beds.

Kelowna General Hospital
Interior Health
View of Kelowna, British Columbia
Location in British Columbia
Location2268 Pandosy Street
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
V1Y 1T2
Coordinates49°52′23″N 119°29′39″W
Care systemMedicare
Hospital typeGeneral, Teaching
Affiliated universityUBC Faculty of Medicine
Emergency departmentYes
HelipadTC LID: CKH9


Kelowna General Hospital originally opened on August 2, 1908 with 19 beds on the land that was donated by Kelowna Land & Orchard Company. This building remained until 1940 when a new hospital building was constructed. In 1969, the five storey Strathcona building was constructed, followed by the five storey Royal Building in 1992. Construction of the new six storey Centennial Tower began in 2008, part of an $800 million capital investment in health care for the Central and North Okanagan since 2007. It was completed on May 27, 2012.[3]

2007 Hospital Expansion

Plans to expand Kelowna General Hospital were approved in 2007 to support growing population in the region.[4]

  • Various facilities upgrade and modernization
  • 34,000 square foot Clinical Academic Campus Building, affiliated with the University of British Columbia Medical School.[5]
  • Six-storey 187,000 square feet (17,400 m2) Centennial Patient Care Tower with new rooftop helipad and 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) emergency department is now complete.[6]
  • Three-storey 84,470 square feet (7,848 m2) East Pandosy Clinical Support Building [7]
  • The main floor of the Royal Building, including the main lobby, the old Emergency Department, the old Ambulatory Care Centre, and the Patient Registration area, will be converted into a new Cardiac Cath Lab. Scheduled completion of this project, and renovation of the Strathcona Building, is 2017.

Interior Heart and Surgical Centre

The 72-year-old Pandosy Building was demolished in Summer 2012 to make way for a cardiac clinic. Construction began in the summer of 2012 and opened for patient care on September 28, 2015. The 4th floor where a new perinatal (maternity) unit will be housed opens in early March 2016.[8]

  • 139,590 square feet Interior Heart and Surgical Centre (IHSC) was officially opened in mid-2015. With 15 operating rooms, it is now allowing heart surgeries to take place in the interior of BC for the first time. It is the province’s fifth cardiac critical care center. [9]


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