Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital - Trail, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 49° 06.190 W 117° 42.054
11U E 448840 N 5439161
Quick Description: Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital is located at 1200 Hospital Bench in East Trail, across the river from downtown Trail. Its grand opening occurred in the summer of 1954
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 11/21/2014 2:09:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMMXTB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bon Echo
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Long Description:
This hospital staged its grand opening on July 17th, 1954 and has slowly and continuously grown since then. This is the major hospital in the BC Boundary area, serving a large area, though there are other smaller hospitals in the area.

A large and impressive bronze plaque commemorating the grand opening was unveiled on July 17th, 1954 by then Minister of Health and Welfare for British Columbia, The Honourable Eric C. Martin. Though the hospital has been enlarged and renovated several times in the intervening years, the plaque remains on a marble wall at the rear of the rotunda of the main entrance.

An accountant and stock broker, Mr. Martin entered politics and served in the Provincial Legislature of British Columbia from 1952 until 1966, representing Vancouver-Burrard as a member of the Social Credit party. Born September 15, 1905 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he was educated in England and Victoria and, during World War II, served in the Canadian Army as a sergeant-instructor. Before being elected to the Provincial Legislature in 1952 he ran unsuccessfully in 1945 and 1949 in the riding of Vancouver Centre. While in the legislature, he served as Minister of Health Services and Hospital Insurance, as well as the ministry of Health and Welfare. Eric Charles Fitzgerald Martin passed away in 1973.

One of the most recent additions to the hospital was opened in 2001. It was a new emergency entrance, the dedication plaque for which was unveiled on September 8th, 2001.

The Plaque:

Trail Tadanac Hospital
Officially Opened By
The Honourable Eric C. Martin
Minister of Health and Welfare
July 17, 1954
Trail Tadanac Hospital Board
L.M. De Long - Chairman
J.H. Hargrave      L.A. Read
M.R. Landucci      G.E. Sanborn
A.W. Lewis      G.W. Wilson
Vera B. Eidi R.N. - Administrator
Dr. H.R. Christie - Medical Staff Representative
Sharp & Thompson, Berwick, Pratt
Bennett & White Construction Co. Ltd.


What was opened/inaugurated?: Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

Who was that opened/inaugurated it?: Eric C. Martin, Minister of Health and Welfare

Date of the opening/inauguration?: July 17th, 1954

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