In the 1950s, a Richmond doctor named Dr. Richard Talmey, joined with other Richmond residents to form the “Richmond Hospital Society” to advocate for a hospital in Richmond. The community worked hard over 10 years to lobby the government, and finally in a 1962 referendum, voters said “yes” to Richmond Hospital with Richmond taxpayers agreeing to pay 35% of the costs to help build the hospital.
The government heard the voice of the people and seeing the determination of the public, agreed to build Richmond a hospital. The long overdue Richmond Hospital officially opened its door in February 1966, and has now been serving the community ever since. Thanks to the determination, enthusiasm, and perseverance of these insightful visionaries, today the public is able to access compassionate and expert health care close to home in Richmond.