COLLINS – New hospital tower won’t be the ‘saviour’ for health care

IN TWO MONTHS, give or take, the new $417 million patient care tower at Royal Inland Hospital will open its doors.

It will have some nice new bells and whistles. The tower is supposed to modernize the Hospital.

I like some of the improvements.

It will be home to mental health and substance use units, new operating rooms, new labor and delivery rooms, and a neonatal intensive care unit.

RIH says there will be inpatient units for neuroscience trauma and stroke, a new rehab unit, more parking and a helipad on the roof.

These are all wonderful additions that will provide better care. But there are other things that are nice, but far less beneficial.


Doug Collins has had a wide background in the broadcast industry, having done virtually every type of news and sports broadcasting, including news anchor, sports play-by-play, and editorialist. His “One Man’s Opinion” aired on TV from 1973- 2013. He retired from his management roles in the station in October, 2018, but continues to write his column. In 2019, Doug was awarded the Freedom of the City.

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