A new piece of infrastructure at Lions Gate Hospital will help breathe life into the future expansion of the facility.
Next week, two oxygen concentrators will be up and running, producing the much-needed oxygen for the hospital on site.
Having these concentrators located at the hospital means oxygen is no longer needed to be trucked to the site from Washington State.
The concentrators are not only environmentally sustainable, but allow the hospital to be self-sufficient in the event of an emergency like an earthquake or natural disaster, said Kyle White, the Interim Senior Manager of Facilities Maintenance and Operations at LGH.
“We’re all really excited about it,” he said. “No matter what happens we still have to be operational.”
The concentrators are also a crucial piece of infrastructure that lays the groundwork for the hospital’s eventual expansion.
The two concentrators, which are the biggest in Canada, take regular atmospheric air and strip away the 80 per cent nitrogen that’s in our breathing air.
The remaining 20 per cent, which is oxygen, then gets purified and used by the hospital.
Air Liquide Healthcare, the company installing the system, says the system is self-sufficient and can be monitored remotely.
“It puts the hospital in control of where their oxygen equipment will be,” said Christine McTavish, who works with the company.
As many as 216 backup oxygen tanks won’t be needed once the system is in place.
Since the oxygen concentrators reside in a shipping container, they can also be moved around the site to accommodate future expansion.