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Tapped-Out Hospital Bathing Facility Restored Through Port Community Investment


The Prince Rupert Regional Hospital will once again be able to offer patients a therapeutic bathing experience thanks to the latest community investment from the Port of Prince Rupert.

A $45,000 contribution from the Port’s Community Investment Fund, matched by Northern Health, will help transform the "tub room" into a fully-functioning, therapeutic bathing area. The room includes hydraulic lifts, seating specifically designed for medical care, and hydro-massage to stimulate circulation for elderly and limited-mobility patients.

“Investing in the quality of health care available in Prince Rupert is something we’ve been proud to do each year since our Community Investment Fund was established,” said Don Krusel, President & CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. “While this bathing room is designed specifically for patients who require special care, it benefits all of us in the region when we have modern facilities and equipment to care for those who need it most.”

The previous patient bathtub was installed in 1972 and taken out of service five years ago. Patients with limited mobility were able to access a mobile shower chair and bed baths, but a fully-submersed bathing experience was not an option. 

“The commitment of the Port of Prince Rupert to the health care needs of the community is exceptional,” said Michael Melia, Health Service Administrator. “The tub is easy for staff to use and pleasant for our patients, and the bath becomes the most therapeutic experience of the day for some of our patients.”

The bathing room and tub are used by at least one patient every day, and it is estimated the new facility will see more than 400 uses annually during its 20-year lifespan.

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Michael Gurney
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
Direct: 250 627-2509