Yukon approves hospital expansion

The Whitehorse General Hospital is getting a new emergency room.

The Whitehorse General Hospital is getting a new emergency room.

The Yukon government has approved $72 million for the project.

In addition to a new emergency room, the money will pay for a new home for the territory’s new MRI machine, upgrades to information and power systems and new spaces for future use.

“Moving ahead with the expansion of WGH is an important milestone and critical project in our effort to continuously support excellent patient care,” said Craig Tuton, chair of the Yukon Hospital Corporation’s board, in a news release. “It means that when Yukoners do need hospital care, they will have access to the very best care close to home.”

Over the next 12 months the corporation will be planning and designing the new facility.

Construction is estimated to begin in mid-2015 and to take 30 months to complete.

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