Officials in British Columbia celebrated the grand opening of a new health centre and assisted living complex in Lytton that was the result from the First Nations Leadership Council plan from November 2006. The $8.7-million dollar project was funded by the Province ($4.3 million), BC Housing ($2.5 million) and the Thompson Regional Hospital District ($1.9 million). Interior Health and the hospital district provided an additional $372,000 for land and radiology equipment. The new health centre, which replaces the 1937 St. Bartholomew’s Health Centre, includes an emergency department, lab and X-ray services, offices, a medical clinic and leased space for pharmacy.
The six assisted living suites are funded through the Independent Living BC (ILBC) program, an innovative housing-for-health program that provides housing for seniors and people with disabilities. The assisted living units are self-contained suites with a 24-hour response system with access to personal care services, such as assistance with medication, housekeeping, meals, laundry services and recreational opportunities. Following the Province’s mandate for new builds to incorporate green features, the new facility has been designed and constructed to a LEED Gold standard through the Canada Green Building Council.
“The new health centre and assisted living complex is another phase of our comprehensive community health plan,” said Chief Janet Webster of the Lytton First Nation. “We have been working in collaboration with all levels of government to improve the health and wellness of our First Nations communities, and appreciate the commitment displayed through their continued support under the Tripartite First Nations Health Plan.”