Revelstoke gets funding for hospital, seniors

Revelstoke received $220,000 in funding to support emergency health care and seniors projects.

Revelstoke received $220,000 in funding to support emergency health care and seniors projects, the provincial government announced Tuesday.

Queen Victoria Hospital is the recipient of $200,000 in funding to improve emergency health services, the Ministry of Health announced.

The funding is part of a $10 million program announced in July to provide financial assistance to rural, fee-for-service physicians who also work in hospital emergency rooms.

The funding can be used to hire more doctors, pay for weekend, overtime or night shifts; and purchase equipment.

The Ministry of Health also announced $20,000 in funding to Revelstoke to provide support to seniors. The funding comes from the age-friend grant program, which is a partnership between the Ministry of Health and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

Jill Zacharias, the city’s Social Development Co-ordinator, said the funding would go towards a covered bus shelter by the Seniors’ Centre, a website for the Revelstoke Seniors Association, and $4,500 towards the volunteer co-ordinator program.