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Ktunaxa Nation working with Teck on Regional Health Centre

Teck Resources is working with the Ktunaxa Nation to install antimicrobial copper on high-traffic surfaces in the new Regional Health Centre.

Teck officials said the copper surfaces can eliminate up to 99.9 per cent of bacteria within two hours of contact.

“As part of Teck’s $100,000 contribution to the health centre through its Copper & Health program, antimicrobial copper surfaces will be installed on door handles, plumbing fixtures, grab bars, cabinet pulls and countertops,” said Teck officials.

“Teck is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where we operate through initiatives such as this one with the new Ktunaxa Regional Health Centre,” said Robin Sheremeta, Teck’s senior vice president of coal. “This investment will help keep patients, healthcare workers and the entire community safer through copper’s natural ability to reduce the spread of infection.”

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According to Teck officials, the Ktunaxa Regional Health Centre will connect patients with nurse practitioners and other health professionals.

Clients will be able to access a number of services, including communicable disease control, immunizations, disease screening, sexual health, prenatal services and health education.

“The Centre’s focus is to provide effective and culturally appropriate health services,” said Debbie Whitehead, Director of Ktunaxa Nation Council’s Social Investment Sector. “It will serve primarily Ktunaxa, Indigenous and Aboriginal clients and families, and will replace our current clinic once it’s ready. We’re thankful to Teck for working with us to make this new, larger home for healthcare safer and better. We can’t wait to move in.”

Officials said the facility will open in downtown Cranbrook in the fall of this year.

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