Interior Heart & Surgical Centre Project

Project Overview

The $381 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 brings the total capital investment in the Central and North Okanagan to $800 million since 2007.

The first three floors of the IHSC opened to patients on September 28, 2015. A new perinatal (maternity) unit on the fourth floor of the IHSC opened for patient care on March 6, 2016. 

The IHSC benefits patients across the health authority by providing the highest level of medical care ever seen in the Interior in an integrated surgical care facility supported by a full range of clinical supports closer to where people live.

The IHSC’s state of the art 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.

The first two floors of the IHSC include: new private pre-op and post-op day surgery bays; family rooms, post-anesthetic recovery room bays; a cardiac surgery intensive care unit with private rooms; and new operating rooms (ORs) including 2 cardiac ORs and a highly specialized hybrid OR equipped with advanced medical imaging equipment to enable minimally-invasive surgery.

The third floor of the IHSC is home to a new and expanded medical device reprocessing department – commonly called an MDR. The MDR is where reusable instruments and other patient care equipment is decontaminated and sterilized. 

The fourth floor is where expectant mothers are now benefitting from an enhanced care environment as the new perinatal (maternity) unit features expanded space including: five private labour and delivery rooms, 17 inpatient beds (combination of private and semi-private rooms) that all provide optimal space for the newborn and a support person at the new mom’s bedside, a dedicated operating room for scheduled Caesarian and multiple birth deliveries, and a specialized Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) featuring private and semi-private spaces and room at each bedside to accommodate a parent 24/7. 

Also part of the IHSC project, renovations are underway in the Strathcona Building to accommodate a six bed coronary care unit and 34 cardiac inpatient beds. All 40 are going to be single patient rooms each with their own washroom. These beds are currently located elsewhere in the hospital in a mix of four-bed, private and double-occupancy rooms. Work in the Strathcona Building is expected to be completed in late 2017/early 2018.

The IHSC Project is a partnership between the BC Ministry of Health, Interior Health, the Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District and Plenary Health. Interior Health is thankful to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation for their contribution towards new equipment and other supports for the IHSC Project.



  • The Interior Heart and Surgical Centre (IHSC) building opened on September 28, 2015.
  • The IHSC building is home to the province’s fifth cardiac critical care centre - the only one outside of Victoria and the Lower Mainland.
  • It includes capacity for a total of 15 operating rooms (16 including dedicated maternity OR for C-sections).
  • Support services have been 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.
  • The IHSC Project is being developed in phases:
    • The PCI program started in November 2009.
    • The open heart surgery program started in renovated ORs in the Strathcona Building in December 2012 but is now operating in the Interior Heart & Surgical Centre (IHSC).
    • Construction on the IHSC building started in 2013 and it opened for patient care on September 28, 2015. The fourth floor perinatal (maternity) unit opened on March 6, 2016.
    • Other planned renovations to Royal, Strathcona and Centennial Buildings will be complete in late 2017/early 2018.
    • The total cost of all phases of the IHSC Project is $381 million.



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